It's a Friday afternoon. We're about to head home after another
long week in the office, until Coral pulls me to one side.
"The Frenchgate Centre have been in touch, they've got a
challenge for you..."
Ok. Bring it on.
"They want you to appear on the catwalk during their Fashion
Show next week."
This seemed unfair. My last Challenge was to perform a beauty
makeover, surely that was it for the 'girly' challenges?
However, I felt I had a point to prove after losing the beauty
challenge, and I'm all about the 'in for a penny, in for a pound'
ethos. Also, if I'm honest, the chance to be around loads of
gorgeous girls for the day was the final deal breaker. So I
After all, how hard can it be to walk up and down in a straight
I arrived at the centre around midday on the day of the show. I
was directed to the management office and met Tracey of Talk 2
Media and Centre manager, Amanda Phillips.
They explained to me that the show was to start in around two
hours time and that I would need to attend a short 'dress
That's when the size of the task ahead hit home.
There were a fair few people milling around the staging area,
when I was instructed to perform a short walk down the catwalk and
back, to get used to the timings, pace, music and blinding stage
After the rehearsal, it was back upstairs to get changed into my
outfit, which the Frenchgate Centre had laid on for me. I was to
model some of the Autumn/Winter collection by Jack Jones.
As we ventured backstage for the start of the show, it became
apparent what a whirlwind you're subjected to during a fashion
show. Models are constantly changing, applying and re-applying
make-up and hair products, organisers screaming out names and
numbers... it was hectic to say the least.
Not only was it frantic, but it was hot. Really hot. Not the
right time to be in small enclosed area with three layers of winter
After the professional fashion show, I was called forward to the
side of the stage. This was it. My time to shine, so to speak.
I was introduced to the ever-expanding audience by the
organiser, who were made fully aware that this was my first time on
the catwalk. I stepped out on the runway to find a fair few dozen
shoppers surrounding the catwalk and the nerves started my heart
Thankfully, I got through it, and even managed to end my
performance with a cheeky 'bow' to the audience on my walk
As I left the stage, Amanda Phillips, manager of the Frenchgate
was waiting for me, and much to my relief. She conceded that I had
successfully passed the catwalk challenge.
I'd like to thank all the staff at the Frenchgate centre for
their amazing hospitality, Jack Jones for supplying the clothes and
Talk 2 Media for their efforts in organising the Challenge.