For years the Cosmopolitan Magazine fashion shows have been the buzz of the town, it’s also always crept up on me and I’ve never managed to attend a show. 2012 was a different year because at the last minute, I managed to squeeze in. After tickets, the next step – what to wear? GREAT! What chick wants to worry about looking good at a show featuring South Africa’s most beautiful women?! So my trusty partner said, “Wear black. It’s very fashiony.” I had a laugh at that because I knew he was right. And he was. Literally 90% of the audience was in black! Relief, yes, but also no, it’s fashion, shouldn’t we be a little more courageous? Next year I think I will go out on a limb a little more, it’s meant to be self-expression based and fun, right?
As for courageous – strutting your stuff in knickers? That takes some ka-ho-nies! I know it’s a model’s job to look good but people are still people, walking around in the buff is a big deal. I was really impressed, the women looked incredible but also personable, that’s what surprised me the most. They wobbled, they had moles, they had marks, I never knew models could be so ‘normal’ and gorgeous at the same time – that’s beautiful.
I thought the production was great: lights, music and acrobats included, although I did think some models were more professional than others. I know modelling includes incorporating some personality but I thought some were a little too ‘show offy’. You’re here to look circumstancially cute, not pull faces at the audience and play that up. I thought that was a little cheesy. If Cosmo said, go out there and have a blast, it’s not formal, then great! The show was spot on.
Congratulations to all the girls (and boys), I know it’s your job but I enjoyed that it was a good show. I was proud of our people! Go South Africa! Our women rock! And congratulations to Cosmopolitan Magazine for a great night out – thank you![slideshow]