Another Fashion Plates has come and gone! I didn't blog about it right away because I was waiting for the professional photos from the photographers to become available. Well here we are a few weeks later and only a sampling have been shared. So I can't wait any longer to share about this amazing event. . . photos or no photos!
I actually wasn't allowed to model this year because a couple of years ago as a committee we decided to put a two year "term limit" on models in order to give more women a chance to participate. We have a long wait list. After two years you have to take a year off before being allowed to participate again. It has worked out well and brought a lot of new ladies into the event who are awesome!
For those of you who don't know all of the "models" are REAL WOMEN who have MS! It is the coolest event ever! We were the first in the country to do anything like this and now the ladies in Maine did one this year modeled after our event. Next year Long Island is planning to do one too!
Ports and Company, a local boutique, provides all of the clothing for the event. This year they brought these awesome lulu tattoos and since I'm on the committee I got to try them out too! All the models had them and they looked fabulous on the runway. They make such a fun accessory and they stayed on really well.
Anthony Everett, host of the tv show Chronicle, returned as our emcee this year. He has a personal connection to MS as his mother had it and he is very committed to the cause.
Lori Grande (first row, second person from left) who took a break from emceeing and instead walked the runway as a model! Not only that but Lori went public nationally with her personal MS story. You can read the article here. It is hard enough to go public when you are a regular person but I can only imagine how much harder it is when you are a public figure. Lori has been so brave to share her story and I hope it helps many people know that you can still be successful even when living with MS!
If you haven't had enough watch this video to get a glimpse of this fab event. You'll she some of the beautiful clothes too!
It really is hard to put this event into words. You just have to be there to experience it. It is like nothing else I've been involved in and I'm so proud to be a member of the committee that puts it all together!