When I was asked to model for a friend’s design, I shouted out the answer immediately without even thinking. I knew it would require me having to get up on stage in front of everyone, which intimidates me – so I said no. But it only took my designer, Ting, minutes to convince me to do it. After agreeing to do it, I immediately regretted as it struck me that crowds and I don’t mix.
The first rehearsal was the first time I’d ever walked in heels. I went, I tried and… my shoe came off. It was kind of awkward as most of the people there walked perfectly fine in heels (which were way higher than mine 🙁 ). In the end, Ting agreed that I should go in flats instead – comfort was the key. Ting was great – she was always there and she put me at ease. I’d be smiling for her instead of having to plaster on an uncomfortable smile.
On the day of the Fashion Show there was a last rehearsal and then we had to prepare for the fashion show. I was a wreck. Due to my lack of knowledge of make-up, I had to have at least 6 people do my hair and makeup. I had a bit of time to calm down but before I knew it, I was already behind the curtain about to go on.
My heart was beating so quickly as I walked out, I was so nervous. However, after a split second, everyone started cheering, whistling and hollering my name – that gave me more confidence. Even if I was super awkward, I felt like my confidence level increased a tad. My confidence was boosted even more when I went out with my partner Charice – I was actually enjoying myself.
At the end of a night, I was really glad I agreed to do the fashion show because the adrenaline you get when you’re on stage with people cheering you on is a fantastic feeling, which would make you more confident.
Nicole Lim (Form 4)