I guess I should address this, just so I don’t get anymore comments or emails about it:
I get it. I know I’m not in many pictures; I knew someone was going to call me out on that. I really did bond with a lot of the girls and I hope my impression wasn’t lost on them. I guess I wasn’t the prom queen of the bunch, but I also wasn’t a wallflower. I think maybe the pictures are a misrepresentation of my social contribution to the event. I really made an effort to talk to all of the girls (and guy) and even though I didn’t stay in the hotel with them, I stuck around and hung out a couple of nights. The people and conversations were amazing. We were all a little teary eyed when it came to the end.
You might be thinking I was shyly sitting in a corner the whole time but that’s not true! I conversed with all of the press, the photographers, the girls. I asked lots of questions and exchanged a lot of business cards. I was there for everything; I didn’t miss a single event. In fact, I was always the first one there (shocker – I’m usually late). Some girls were absent (due to scheduling conflicts) from some of the events but are in a lot of pictures. It’s because they have an amazing presence that makes people want to take their picture.
We had two different shoots with two different photographers. Both of them snapped 4 or 5 photos of me (alone the first and with Amy the second) and that was it – but I was by no means singled out. With some others, they took longer, moved locations, etc. Shyness comes across. Confidence is extremely attractive and magnetic. When you’re in a group of 20 beautiful girls, you have to have something that makes you stand out above the rest. Usually, that trait that takes you over the top is confidence. I’m working on it! You have to understand that I’m a hermit – I work from home, so I have no social interaction unless a friend either stops by or drags me out of the house.
Sorry for the novel. I’ve already gotten two emails, a facebook message and a comment about it and it was making me doubt myself a little until I remembered what a great experience it was. Even if I don’t have the pictures (of myself) to prove it. Believe it or not, I really hate having my picture taken by anyone other than me or a close companion. My lip always twitches and my face tenses up!
I also want to say that all of the girls really impressed me and despite (or maybe because of) the fact we all had extremely different styles, I loved each and every outfit. I don’t want to hear or read any negative comments about how people dressed; everyone was fabulous. I’ve said it over and over – style is personal. It’s just different, and different is much better than boring.
p.s. If you haven’t joined Weardrobe yet, do it! NOW! p.p.s. I’m not trying to imply that any of you were trying to put me down or make me feel pitiful. I know you were just making observations:)