Asia Smith Enjoys Model Experience In New York

October 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Asia Smith has described her experience on the runway at the recent New York Fashion Week Festival as a “breathtaking” experience.

Ms Smith was among several Bermudians who successfully applied for the Model Experience, allowing participants to walk the runway, share the stage with A-List talent, connect with brands and designers, and receive virtual model coaching.

The 23-year-old had to send a no-make-up, no-filter selfie photograph and her measurements to the organisers and sell several tickets for the show at the Amory Arena in Manhattan.

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“I found out through Instagram they were having auditions [for the Model Experience],” Ms Smith told Bernews.

“I’ve been modelling for about ten years, so I thought I’d give it a shot. They wanted an idea of our look, shape, and general modelling experience.

“It wasn’t my first experience walking on a runway – I’ve modelled at the Bermuda Fashion Festival. I knew it would be a great opportunity to go international and get back into modelling.”

Ms Smith, a mobile hairdresser, modelled clothes by Khomela – a luxury couture brand that showcases garments in runway shows.

“The clothing I modelled was office wear – very fashionable and classy,” said Ms Smith, a former Berkeley Institute student.

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“I met a wide variety of designers and photographers. It was amazing being on stage – it was breathtaking. There were lots of eyes on you at once.

“I didn’t come across any other Bermudians there, but I know others went. It was great for the island to be represented.”

Ms Smith, the female dance leader of the Bermuda Squad, added: “I’ve been asked to return to New York for a photo shoot and perhaps another runway show, so I’m looking forward to what comes next.”

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