Hi Everyone! Happy Monday! What better way to start the week than a fabulous piece, written by the gorgeous Kylee Tucholski. In it, Kylee shares her experience of walking the runway for the first time in the petitePARADE show last weekend.
I had never seen Kylee before the show, but I was so fascinated and captivated by her fierce presence on the runway that I just had to reach out to her mom and tell her how amazing I thought her daughter was.
After speaking to mom, I was shocked to learn several things:
1. Kylee is not currently signed with an agency.
2. It was the first time Kylee ever walked the runway.
3. She is only 11 years old.
I was floored! Not only is Kylee a stunner, but she’s my favorite kind. The antithesis of what one would call conventional, and yet she stole the show! A beautiful, fierce rebel, who at 11 (I still can’t wrap my head around that one!) exhibits a confidence that is both mesmerizing and contagious.
At 11 years old, she already possesses what it took me 40 years to even touch the surface of… an unapologetic confidence in her own skin. A knowing of her own beauty and worth. That came across so strongly while I watched her on that runway, that it was infectous. Just watching her do her thing made me proud to be me!
I am so happy to be able to share with you a piece that Kylee was sweet enough to write about what led up to that fierce moment on the runway. I hope that by reading her story and seeing her runway photos, you too will experience all that I did!
Enjoy my beautiful friends!
Hi, I’m Kylee, and I’m 11 years old. A week ago I walked in PetitePARADE for Kids Fashion Week. I walked for Parsons, specifically for Erica Kim, a designer that recently graduated. This is where it all started…
My mom checked out this blog about a year ago, and got my baby brother and sister started in modeling, and shortly after, they were signed. Because I’m active with school, sports, and extra curricular activities, it’s hard for me to take modeling on full time, but I always wanted to do it, especially after going to auditions and shoots with my brother and sister.
My mom was referred by a friend to submit my pictures to Erica Kim for consideration. I had recently had my pictures done by a few photographers including Nathan Blaney, Alex Kruk and MKG photography, so my mom submitted. I was absolutely speechless when Erica responded, and wanted me to be one of her six models!! At that point, I was jumping off the walls, and couldn’t wait for the PetitePARADE. I didnt even realize how big this was, but I was just so excited that I was chosen, despite the fact that I have never done this before.
The day of the parade, my mom and I went to Parsons to meet up with my designer, and got fitted for my outfit, and got my hair done. After a little hanging out, it was time to go to the runway. When we got to the runway all 6 of Erica’s models got makeup done, and rehearsed on the runway. At first I was nervous, but then I realized it was my time, and I should just have fun!!! We waited until it was our time to actually walk the runway. We lined up, and it was showtime. When people were disappearing on the runway, with cameras flashing I was becoming more and more excited.
Finally, it was my time. I walked slowly and fiercely down the runway strutting my stuff, and doing my own thing. This experience was amazing, I felt great, and beautiful. I love modeling, and all the media. I got to meet new friends, and new people. I mean it was my first time on the runway, and it made me feel special when I saw myself on media, and to hear people saying how gorgeous and beautiful I am.
Overall it was an amazing experience and I definitely would do it again. I love modeling, and it’s definitely something Id like to pursue even more now that I have had this experience; it makes me feel special, and beautiful for being me.