We always pray each day before the day starts that we will be the source of light in this dark industry. That we would be gentle, kind, patient, peaceful people in an unorganized field of designers, models, and stylists being "fashionably late" all the time. I can't tell you how many times our group has heard how we are some of the best to work with because of how we behave. It's so wonderful to see the MFC girls let God use them and watch the joy that comes from it.
I have a fun story that I really want to share about what happened one night. Earlier in the week, we did a show called "Go Red." It was a charity show that supported heart disease and they had some reality tv celebs that were walking, although I didn't recognize most of them. There was a few America's Next Top Model runner ups and Miss America, Universe, State, etc. girls. I ended up getting Miss Nevada 2013 to dress. She was a bombshell- just totally gorgeous. But I had no time to talk with her and we just didn't really connect. In the mean time, my good friend Shannon is chattin' it up with Kiara Belen, who was the runner up on America's Next Top Model's cycle 19 (college edition). Kiara was super cool and exchanged numbers with Shannon and ASKED ALL OF US TO COME TO HER BIRTHDAY PARTY.
So. Last night was her party but it was pretty hilarious because there were some discouraging things happening. We all get ready, lookin' super fly for a celeb party, and then realize, as we are standing around the tiny car that is our ride, we can't all fit in it. Mind you, we are already late because we took so long to get ready. So we split the group up, drive the car to a friends house, get the friends car, load up in that car, and sent one person back to pick up the rest while the other group continues on.
It got a little crazy.
Us four girls drive to Bel Air but none of us are from LA so we got really confused with the directions. We took some wrong turns, some of us we getting irritated and saying things that were not helping our situation. This whole outing was not working out very well.
It came down on us all at once that Satan probably didn't want us at this party. God made an awesome impact at fashion week and the enemy had enough of that. We prayed about it and everything got way better. The evil one still tried, though. One of the girls was getting more information on Models For Chirst out of her bag for a christian model and the latch on her purse was stuck. Satan is a jerk. She still got the information out though :)
The party was awesome. It was very small- maybe about 30 people were there and it seemed to be friends, family, and close co-workers (really crazy that Kiara invited us). It was on Carolwood drive, which is where Michael Jackson, Marylin Monroe, and Walt Disney once lived. Shannon and I found ourselves talking to the host of the party, Wayne Kao (a highly successful music producer and real estate investor), and telling him about Models For Christ. We told him how much we love volunteering for the fashion industry and he was interested in having us volunteer for some of his shindigs so we exchanged contact information, which is awesome because he is fully aware that we are active christians in our volunteer work.
Later on in the night, Kiara's agent took notice of one of the MFC girls and exchanged info with her because she is sooo gorgeous and definitely model material.
It's crazy how God had so much favor on us in this adventure.
Some of the dressers. Beautiful girls.
Our Models For Christ girls!
Sittin' around. Lot's of time to build relationships and have fun!
Charity and Lauren. Two of our girls that became assistants to the director backstage. This was for the Hollywood Dolls show for kids.
Lauren and Jessica. Perfect girls!
Jessica's note to us when someone stole the battery out of the car! :(
But it got sorted out :)
It gets really crowded in the dressing area. We still love it.
Getting a lovely model ready.
Awesome male show. This is the designer of Civil Society and some of the models. These guys were total goofs.
Got to meet this lovely lady from the Walking Dead.
MFC girls on a crazy couch at Kiara Belen's party.
The birthday girl :)
We stayed at a church where we all slept in the children's room on air mattresses. Lauren and Shannon thought this was the only way to deflate the mattresses... oh dear.
Finished the week off with the beach! Praise God for experiences like this trip.