Inching our way up into the industry


What comes to your mind when you think about the fashion industry?

A fashion show is an event put on by a fashion designer to showcase their upcoming line of clothing and/or accessories during Fashion Week. Fashion shows debut every season, particularly the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter seasons. This is where the latest fashion trends are made. The two most influential fashion weeks are Paris Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, which are both semiannual events.The Milan, London, Sibiu and Berlin fashion weeks are also of global importance.

In a typical fashion show, models walk the catwalk dressed in the clothing created by the designer. Clothing is illuminated on the runway using various forms of lighting and special effects. The order in which each model walks out wearing a specific outfit, is usually planned in accordance to the statement that the designer wants to make about their collection. It is then up to the audience to not only try to understand what the designer is trying to say, but to also visually deconstruct each outfit and try to appreciate the detail and craftsmanship of every single piece.

Years before I began my modeling career, I would imagine tall, slender, white women. The likes of Kate Moss, Elle McPherson, Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, etc (maybe you can tell my age by the models I listed).  The standard is still set in stone, and who knows if it will weather away with time. The individuals with the power to revolutionize the set standards are ultimately the designers. Luckily, I have forged friendships with many designers and have been able to walk the runway for them. However, not all petite models have this advantage, and most of the time, are cast aside for their taller counterparts even if they have a more skillful walk.

I have personally experienced this exact situation at a few auditions. I would do my walk and then watch the taller models. I noticed that their walk was not as mastered as my own but they would be chosen anyway due to their height. I suppose it makes sense to have taller models since the clothes would fit better height wise, but that is where the designer comes into play. Most women are not model tall, ie. 5’8” and up. It only makes sense for designs to be made for the average height of the population, therefor the standard height for fashion shows would only be recommended and not required. Wishful thinking.

Evidently, modeling is already an industry that is quite restricted in terms of physique. I had done a few runway shows within the Vietnamese community, as of course I was the correct height for the garments (most of the time), but really wanted to get into the Seattle Fashion community. I believe I was perusing through Craigslist when I saw an open model call for Chance Fashion.

I remember entering Neighbour’s for the first time and approaching the front desk to ask for Ryan Muller. Of course I was already speaking to the very unassuming, infamous Ryan, who told me to go ahead and register. On that very evening in June of 2012, little did I know that I would be part of the Chance family for years to come.