Darlings, I would like to introduce you to Allison Goodwin! Besides serving as the current Miss Northwestern Ohio and preparing for the Miss Ohio 2013 pageant, Allison had the opportunity to be a model for Fashion Week Cleveland this past weekend! How totally exciting and cool is that?!
|Allison after the show!|
I know Allison from competing with her in Miss Ohio locals. She is great to be around backstage and was one of my first pageant friends when I started competing a few years ago. Allison is a very talented dancer and, in my opinion, always has the best gowns! Allison allowed me to interview her about her experiences at Fashion Week Cleveland!
Q: How did you get involved in Fashion Week Cleveland? What was the audition process like?
A: I always knew that Fashion Week Cleveland had existed, but had never really thought I would be able to be a model in it. Back in February, I saw on Facebook that Fashion Week Cleveland was having a model call in March. I figured I would go and audition just to see what would happen. I did not think that I would make it because I am only 5’7”, had only modeled in a handful of things outside pageants, and there were over 300 girls auditioning. We had to walk the runway for 6 judges and turn in a modeling portfolio. They then told us that they would email and let us know if we made the cut for fashion week. A few weeks later I received an email saying I was selected; I was so surprised and happy when I saw that email!
|The exciting email!|
Q: Who did you model for? What did you model? Anything creative?
A: I was supposed to model for three designers, but only ended up modeling two on the night of the show due to a mishap with my last outfit! The designers I modeled for were L A Gaitors and Art of Cloth. The third was supposed to be Lotty by Lotty Lewis. L A Gaitors is actually a brand of shoes! All of the shoes were very creative and were all boots. The people in charge of fashion week wanted us to really be able to show case these boots so we actually wore them on our hands to model them! This was the opening number of the runway show. We were expected to wear all black so that the attention could be drawn to the boots. Most of these boots had very cool designs painted on them. Art of Cloth was clothing. I was selected to wear a pair of leggings and a cowl neck shirt that had three quarter length sleeves. The shirt was mostly purple, with a tie dye on the bottom of it and the leggings were gray with a tie dye design on the bottom of the leggings. All of these clothes are hand painted/ dyed!
|Modeling the L A Gaitor boots on her hands! Doesn't she look just glamorous!?|
Q: Tell us about your experience at Fashion Week Cleveland...
A: Fashion Week Cleveland was nothing but a positive experience. I met a lot of amazing girls that I was so thankful to have been able to spend all day with on the day of the show. Another perk of being in FWC is that I received a free pair of L A Gaitor boots! It was such an honor to be able to walk the runway for the third most famous fashion week in the United States taking after New York and Los Angeles fashion weeks.
|Allison getting ready for the show! Pictured with another model and pageant friend, Sarah Eash, current reigning Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2013|
Q: What emotions do you feel when walking the runway?
A: When walking the runway in the FWC show I felt so intense while also being excited. As a model, you are not supposed to smile, wink or draw attention to yourself because it is all about the clothes you are modeling. When I first stepped out on the runway it was so hard not to smile because that is what I am used to doing when competing in pageants! I was able to contain that and really show off the clothes I was wearing. It was so great to be able to see so many hundreds of people in attendance and see their reaction to the clothes!
|Allison modeling for Art of Cloth!|
Isn't she just a beauty! Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you! It sounds like you an an incredible experience and I wish you the best of luck at your next big event - Miss Ohio 2013 pageant!