Young models “wow” Greensboro Fashion Week founders at five-day boot camp.




Friday, Greensboro Fashion Week wrapped up their first ever children’s model camp. Hosted at The Mill Entertainment Complex, aspiring models aged six to 12 talked shop and learned confidence in the same venue where Greensboro Fashion Week’s veteran models strutted for their “The Preview” event, just one month ago.


Fashion Week founders, Witneigh Davis and Giovanni Ramadani deliberately kept the camp class size small (at just seven students) so that attention to each model’s needs could be better addressed. The five-day agenda included valuable skills necessary for young models to know in order to be successful – and safe – in the business. Among the most important were: confidence versus over confidence, online presence, avoiding photography scams, agency knowledge, and contracts. 


The young models were also given lots of posing and catwalk practice which they put to good use in a photography session with guest photographer Jon Eric Johnson. After getting their hair and makeup done by Folica Salon (the exclusive hair salon of GSOFW) the young models practiced their diversity; transitioning their looks between runway, print, commercial, and mannequin styles. By learning the difference, the campers were also able to get a sense of which modeling style they each liked best.

                      Photo By:  Jon Eric Johnson Photography

                      Photo By: Jon Eric Johnson Photography

On day five of the camp, models strutted the catwalk one last time in a runway show produced exclusively for their friends and family. Complete with hair, makeup, and two designer outfit changes – the packed show gave the young brood a taste of what back-of-house transitions and show time jitters are really like.


At the end of the week, models not only left with a new understanding of the business (and a newfound confidence), but they were also given a GSOFW modeling certificate and professional digitals for their portfolios.


Davis and Ramadani both agree that the transformation they witnessed from day 1 to day 5 of the camp was nothing short of spectacular.


“We’ve been wanting to do this camp for years now and we’re so glad we finally have the resources to make it happen,” Davis says. “We were blown away by the difference in their confidence from day one to five and hope that it will serve them well in, not just modeling, but in their everyday lives too.”




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