My Journey: Chapter 1

I had gone to my first Fashion Passport that April in Alaska. From that first experience with Fashion Passport, I knew it would be so incredible to become the Face of Fashion Passport. The month of August during the contest to become the face was so much fun. I got to come up with marketing ideas that will help me in the future, and the contest made me realize how many people in my life wanted me to succeed and to watch me grow as a person. This was a major confidence booster and helped me realize all the support I have to make my dreams come true. Up until the final hours of the contest I had people voting and texting me. The anticipation of waiting to find out who had won was one of the hardest because I wanted to win so badly and I knew how close the competition was. 

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When I finally heard the news I was at dinner with some of my closest friends for one of their birthdays. My mom walked into the restaurant and didn’t say anything. From the way she just looked at me, I knew I had won. I leapt out of my seat and started to cry because I was so overwhelmed with joy and excitement. All of my friends ran up and hugged me. That moment was such an incredible experience and one I will remember for the rest of my life.

It took me a week to process the fact that I was actually the Face of Fashion Passport. The time leading up to my first trip was so exciting as I looked forward to all the amazing things we were going to be doing. Finally, the time came for me to fly to Arizona, and from the second we landed I was busy. I learned a lot about the company, marketing strategies, and more as I did interviews and photoshoots with Gianna Nicole and the whole team. I got to do my own hair and makeup the whole week, so I got to learn different looks and techniques.

My first official photoshoot as the Face of Fashion Passport was with Gianna Nicole in Flagstaff, Arizona. I shot in the woods and did a fall look, then we drove up to the mountains a little further where it had just snowed and I got to do a snow shoot. Over the next few days I got to do a dance photoshoot by a lake, take a class called Core Rhythms which is a strengthening ballroom dancing class created by the amazing 12 time rhythm champion and designer of Artistry in Motion Julia Gorchakova, and do a sunset boho photoshoot with Georgia with a gorgeous horse. This was such an amazing experience because I have never done a photoshoot with an animal, let alone a stunning horse.

I also got the opportunity to shoot with Joseph James. The look for this shoot was absolutely incredible. I was wearing an old lace wedding dress, a leather jacket with studs, and boots. This was such a fun shoot to do because there was a story to go with the look. I was a biker chick who just got married and hopped on the back of a motorcycle. My hair was all ruffled up and crazy. After this shoot I got the amazing opportunity to work with Joseph and learn more about his acting course call the 7 essential characters. He coached me to start creating several different characters that I could tap into and pull from their experiences and emotions during auditions. Since then we have continued meeting weekly and growing these characters. After that lesson, we set off for our trip to California. Our first stop was the Glamis sand dunes. We arrived at a hotel in Glamis that night and crashed so we could so a sunrise shoot in the dunes.

The next morning, we were up bright and early at 4:30. We started our hair and makeup and were out the door before sunrise. When we arrived at the dunes I was just overwhelmed because in front of me were mountains and mountains of sand. It was stunning. We walked a little way out and I got to shoot photos and video of one of the beautiful Artistry in Motion dresses with AJ. When I was done with my first look, the sun was rising and reflecting off of the sand which made everything around us look golden. We continued shooting another look for a total of four hours and then we got in the car and finished our drive to LA. When we arrived in LA, we went straight to the beach and did another photoshoot! This look was super cool because I was in jean shorts I had made out of jeans earlier that week and a very big sweater. The waves were crashing behind me and of course I got a little wet. After this shoot we raced to our fitting with the amazing Justin Haynes, designer of Jus10H designs. We rehearsed a routine for the finale of his show, which is always so unique. That night we all went right to sleep because we had another long, fun day ahead of us.

The next day was the day of the shows. We had to be at the venue for hair and makeup by noon so at least we got to sleep in a little. Once our hair and makeup was done, I got to co-host the red carpet with Georgia. It was such an amazing learning experience for me to be able to see her interviewing all of the incredible designers. I got to walk for two designers: Fashion Disorder and Jus10H. Fashion Disorder’s designs were all stunning and done in all black and white which I thought was very aesthetically pleasing. The next show I walked in was for Justin. I had two outfits in this show which was so amazing. The finally walk went perfectly and I am so glad to have been a part of such an amazing show. After this show I put on another fabulous Artistry in Motion dress. I got to sit in the front row for the last show which was such an amazing experience. I got to see beautiful models and learn from each of them different things to improve me as a model, and I got to see gorgeous designs. All in all this was an amazing day filled with incredibly talented and kind-hearted people and I am so grateful to have had been a part of it. The next day I flew out of LAX and arrived back in Pennsylvania. Even though I am not with the Fashion Passport team in person anymore, I still hear from them almost every day. We are hard at work on new shoots and trips together and I cannot wait for more amazing adventures as the Face of Fashion Passport!

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