Last night was one of the most spectacular nights of my life. I wish I could relive every moment. Even the stressful times. I felt alive for once. I knew last night why life was so beautiful. Why this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. That having passion and drive for something is the most special thing in the world.
Right after school yesterday my mom, grandmother and I left for Cleveland. I arrived a little before five and started getting all of my clothes out of suitcases to hang up and get ready for my models. A local cosmetology school did the hair and make up for 75 models including my own which were honestly the sweetest gals ever. They were all from a college in Cleveland and I couldn't have asked for anyone better. They were so kind to me, and if the girls in college are this nice I won't have any problem making friends! For my hair and makeup inspiration I did a very 1960's cat eye with rosy cheeks and a nude lip. For hair I did very soft, romantic Lana Del Rey curls. I was especially pleased with how the hair turned out; exactly how I wanted!
I did my portion of the show after intermission and was SO nervous to get up and talk in front of all of those people...everyone else had been reading off of paper and I hadn't even practiced. I just got up there, spoke from my heart, and told my story though and ended up doing good for me. I started tearing up because I was so emotional and so thankful to have such an incredible opportunity. Hopefully no body noticed though! I specially picked out my runway song to match my collection; a pretty 1960's song by France Gall called Poupée de cire, poupée de son and it was so incredible to see my collection come to life after working on it for so many months.
After the show was done I got surprisingly super emotional. I was so overwhelmed and...happy for once. I felt like I finally came to the realization that this is what I'm meant to do. I had to go outside to the gardens to collect myself and just sit and think. I thanked God and took time to pray to him for giving me such an incredible life and the gift of passion; I'm forever thankful.
I had so many beautiful people come up to me at the end of the show to congratulate me. I've never really been one to feel proud of myself, but at that moment I did. Hearing people say that I inspired them to follow their dreams, go back to their passions, be themselves...It was incredible that I had that kind of effect on people. Not to mention I was so flattered to have multiple people want to buy my clothes from the show; golly! And again, I was a bawling, crying, emotional mess and probably scared half the people with my makeup smeared face, haha. What can I say, I am a sensitive gal.
Riding home late last night I was the most content with my life than I have been in the longest time. I finally feel like I belong somewhere and that I'm good at something. I can't tell you how excited I am for the future ❤
With much love, Lauren.