Hello Beautiful models and fans of CMR. It’s Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog. Today I’m going to discuss runway. I have ripped the runway in traditional fashions shows, a choreographed fashion show and even a Cosplay fashion show. Being a very petite model, standing at only 5’2”, I was informed that I would never walk the runway. I did my research and the average industry standard for plus size modeling in fashion shows is a minimum of 5’7” so the information I was provided was accurate.
Although the odds were against me, I did not let that stop me so I started attending casting call after casting call. Initially I was rejected time and time again mostly due to my height. After about three months of casting calls and multiple rejections, I found a casting for all size models and no height requirement to model for Fymme Fatale’s clothing lines with the primary one being Thorobreadz Jeanzline. Once again I was the shortest model attending the casting call and this time was the only plus size model that showed up to casting, I kept my wits about me. This was not only a fashion show but it was going to be choreographed so there was going to be dancing involved. Inside I was crazy nervous but I tried not to let that show through.
I filled out my application, turned in my head shot and full body shot, got my measurements taken, followed direction on the dance moves, met some other beautiful models and went home after the casting. I was ready for yet another rejection but the next day I got the call that I booked this show. It was called, “Night of Silver Stars”. I was so excited that I could hardly contain myself, attended every rehearsal and finally the day of the event had arrived. The show included other designers and their lines as well. The venue was beautiful and my mom came out to support me. I was going to be modeling three pairs of jeans, a nice top and cut tees as well as a beautiful dress that was designed for me.
While I was in hair and make-up, I was so excited to not only model in my first fashion show but this was a show I was getting paid for. I still couldn’t believe I was about to walk the runway for the first time and when I was done with my hair and make-up, I looked in the mirror and was amazed with the transformation. The show was about to start, we were back stage preparing for the show and then suddenly it was the moment I’d worked so hard for. My mother was there to see me and she knew I had rehearsals hard every week for almost two months. No matter what, she always supported me in everything I did and now she was supporting me on a new venture.
After we got through the first line of garments and it was time to change into the next garment, my fears had subsided and I knew I was fierce and walked/danced that runway to the best of my ability. It was an amazing feeling to know that I had overcome the obstacle of my short stature and I knew that I had fallen in love with runway.
If runway is a dream of yours as well, whether you meet all the criteria of the casting or not, don’t let it stop you from going to runway castings. You will learn something new every time, even if you don’t book the show. I guarantee you, there will be rejections, so don’t let that cause you to give up. Always go in with a great attitude, show up early so you can observe and learn from other more experienced models. Never speak negatively about anything or anyone in the industry and overall, have fun.
To date, I have modeled in over two-dozen fashions shows and I have two booked in November. I still go to castings but I’ve also earned a good reputation in the local modeling industry and often times, I’m contacted directly asking me to model in a show without even having to attend a casting. I know I will probably never model in a show like the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week but being able to rip the runway for boutiques, charity events, major department stores makes me happy and is enough for me.
Always remember, take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you can’t go after your dreams and until next week, stay positive!
Special thanks to Kizzie Courtney for booking me in my first runway show jump starting my runway. career.
Night of Silver Stars Fashion Show
(You can actually see how short I am next to the other models)
Images by: MJP Photography
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— with Angelita Aronce Sorensen.