This past Sunday, Denver Fashion Week (DFW) held a sold-out modeling workshop to help prepare for model auditions on July 31. The day consisted of a presentation from DFW Model Coordinator Nikki Strickler who talked about what to bring and what to expect — followed by an opportunity for models to practice their walk.
The upcoming DFW takes place on Nov. 11-20 and is Colorado’s largest fashion showcase featuring emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hairstylists, makeup artists and models.
Denver Fashion Week prides itself on being all-inclusive, uplifting and supportive of emerging talent. Because of this, models range from various heights, body types, ages and experience levels. For Dominic “DJ” Fernandez, it was his first time attending the model workshop and auditioning.
“My favorite part of the workshop has to be when we walk the runway because you get to be yourself and I like how [Strickler] tells you corrections,” Fernandez said.
For many local models, DFW gives them the opportunity to begin their modeling careers and modeling workshops allow newcomers to rehearse prior to auditions.
Another first-timer was Ashlee Stephenson, who is looking forward to her first audition experience and thought the workshop was very helpful, especially the one-on-one coaching.
“I learned about what to bring to auditions and how to present myself better to whoever is at casting,” Stephenson said. “I also learned how to leave an impression and not be another face in the crowd, to really make that impact and make myself be known.”
DFW is the perfect opportunity for models to immerse themselves in the Denver fashion community and model Penelope Rayfield couldn’t agree more. She said the model workshop is one of the best ways to meet new people and learn about DFW.
“I learned that