One of my favorite things to do is to stay up late, and get sucked down into the YouTube rabbit hole. It sounds a little terrifying, but it’s really wonderful to just lose yourself in something you’ve never really investigated before. The categories of what I look up change from month to month…depending on whatever it is I am currently obsessed with. These YouTube nights have now made me an expert on deep sea creatures, kung fu, and bloopers from The Office.
Lately, I have been FASCINATED by runway models. As a fan of America’s Next Top Model (R.I.P.) and Project Runway (please don’t judge me), I already feel like a novice when it comes to the world of fashion and modeling. However, I realized that I knew nothing about the exquisite art of runway walking until I started watching millions of YouTube video compilations of the most game-changing runway models.
Here is what I have learned: It’s not just about looking fierce and stomping your feet. You have to interact with the clothes AND the audience. It can just be a small caress of the fabric and a side eye to the row on the left, to a full-out removal of a coat and a dramatic kick while turning to go back.
I now feel like I have an excellent grasp of what it takes to be perfect on the runway. In fact, have become such an expert, that I have made my own top 5 list for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
5. Kate Moss
Kate Moss was and still is the epitome of COOL. At only 5’7″, she blew away the most statuesque of models because of her laid-back style and cooler than cool gaze. She makes everything look easy and effortless.
4. Linda Evangelista
Linda is also very cool, but she has a little more flare on the runway. Her eyes are piercing, yet she always looks like she is having fun. She is known for her classic silhouette, her incredible neck, and her fun and flirty walk. She always sings along with the music (see her in a zillion George Michael vids), and always works hard to show off the fashions she sports.
3. Lineisy Montero
Elegance, class and poise. This lady has perfect posture and an icy stare that goes straight into your soul. Nothing can penetrate her focus, and her walk is strong with a hint of intelligence and class.
2. Karlie Kloss
They call her “the panther”. It is easy to see why. Karlie doesn’t walk. She saunters. It is captivating to watch. She is so good, she has been named as one of the most iconic supermodels by Elle Magazine.
1. Tyra Banks
Surprised? There is just simply no other model that is better. Tyra has it all. When she walks down a runway, she makes you feel like you are all at a party. She lets the clothes and fashion determine the mood and her style. Sometimes, she dances. Sometimes, she looks into the crowd and winks, as if she saw an old flame or a close friend. But you know she can’t see anyone or anything in those bright lights! That’s the thing though…she makes it look easy. She always looks super into it. Tyra is a queen and will always reign as America’s…no…the WORLD’S top runway model.