It is possible to talk people on television and radio and those who write or shoot photos for the newspaper to step out of their comfort zone. In this case it was to be a fashion model.
When asked, most laughed until they heard that they could model with their children, their spouse or both. That had some appeal.
Organizers of the Starbird-Devlin Rod and Customs Charities Car Show asked if there could be a fashion show as part of the event Jan. 20-22. Thanks to Dillard’s and a group of volunteers, the car show was a hit, but so was the fashion show on the 21st with fashions from Dillard’s modeled by local media personalities
For Sierra Scott of “It’s All Good,” Lily Wu of KAKE News, and Felicia Rolfe of KWCH-TV news, modeling was no big deal — they’ve each had modeling experience. But for the likes of Sierra’s fiance, Harrison Schenk; Greg Fox, B-98’s Tracy Cassidy’s husband; and KAKE News anchor Susan Peters’ husband, Rob Snyder, it was anything but second nature.
“I can’t believe I got talked into this,” Snyder said.
After he came off the stage, Schenk said, “I bet I have marks on my arm where Sierra dug her fingernails into me when I turned the wrong way.”
Lining up for his modeling debut, Fox admitted, “I’m only doing this so we can show off our granddaughter.” Once on stage, Addison, their 14-month-old granddaughter, stole the show — and grandpa was instantly more relaxed.
All the models gave up part of their busy Saturday to model an outfit or two and to help make the car show a success for the charities being benefited: Wichita Children’s Home, Starkey Inc. and the ARC of Sedgwick County.
Fashions spanned several seasons from winter to transition to spring. Many of the items were on sale, and some were new spring merchandise, so prices ranged from $13 to $450.
They weren’t professional models, but they ended up with the same occupational hazard all models face: “I love this, I’m buying it,” was said in the dressing rooms several times.