In 1986, my local Dillard's department store had a contest. Parents could submit photos of their children to be considered for modeling. One lucky boy and girl from each grade level would be selected by judges, hundreds would enter, few would win. I won! My mom picked a picture of me wearing my dance costume, a shiny black and silver leotard made to look like a tuxedo and a heavily glittered silver top hat. The photo was taken at KMart's photo studio and had also been selected to be displayed in the studio's waiting room. It was a good picture, I will have to search for it and share it with you sometime.
My prize was getting to model for a runway show featuring Back to School fashions in the Dillard's children's department. I modeled an adorable Spumoni sweats-outfit: a pink sweat shirt with a puffy painted happy green dragon stretching from the middle of the sweatshirt, all the way down the right sleeve, on the back of the dragon were adorable little teddy bears using the dragon's tale as a slide. The shirt was paired with a matching sweat-skirt, with a teddy bear at the hem line. I also modeled some classic Osh Kosh BeGosh overalls. In the words of RuPaul, " I WERKED" that runway too. Most of the kids just acted shy and walked down quickly and then back.. I put my hand on my hip and did a proper pivot turn and smiled big.
|This is an example of a fine Spumoni piece of fashion, you can purchase it HERE on Etsy.|
That little girl deserved to grow up and be confident. I may have lost my way for a few years, but I am happy to have finally become the woman she was destined to be!