Watch out Naomi Campbell, move over Cindy Crawford, and forget about Kate Moss. Check out this new bunch of gorgeous models hitting the catwalk or any Victoria’s Secrets models in cat hole bra. They were taking part in the Scottish Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show. In seven show-stopping scenes ranging from gorgeous gowns to chunky knits, 20 models stepped onto the catwalk, all different ages, all from different backgrounds, all with one thing in common: Breast Cancer.
It’s the tenth year of the charity’s event, which this year raised £130, 000. Taking place at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu hotel, there were two shows in a day. Tables of families and friends cheered and clapped the models to the strains of toe-tapping tunes including Dolly Parton during the lunchtime show, hosted by weathergirl Kat Cubie. And for some getting a spot in the show had been a dream for almost a decade. Social Worker Jayne Whitcher says, “The charity helped me so much when I was going through my cancer, I’m so grateful, I just wanted to give something back and help in any way I could. It’s been eight years post diagnosis for me and since then, I’ve applied several times to be a model in the show, so this was a dream come true. And this has been wonderful, plenty of laughter, smiles and some tears, but what a fantastic time.”
And as with every catwalk show, a team of professionals was on-hand to make sure the models were runway ready. Doing the makeup was the Benefits team, lead by bubbly blonde, Claire McKinley. Claire says, “It’s all about natural, glowing skin but there’s going to be lights, there’s going to be cameras so first off all Porefessional is the main product to make sure the model’s makeup stays in place. Then to make sure the models have that all-important dewy skin, we’re using Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow which just gives that really hydrated, glowing, healthy-looking skin. And since we’re at a fashion show, it’s all about the Benefit’s ‘supermodel in a bottle’ the High Beam. It’s amazing for creating illuminating skin.
And for some, not only has it been a chance to dip their toe in the glitzy world of modeling. It’s also given them a chance to be pampered, and to find out about products which can help with certain specific beauty problems caused by breast cancer and its treatment, such as losing eyebrows and eyelashes. Model and hairdresser Sandra Kennedy says, “I have struggled with finding a decent product to replace my eyebrows and my eyelashes. But Claire used Benefit’s Brow Zings on me and I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. Between that and the, They’re Real Mascara, these products have given me back my eyelashes and eyebrows and have made such a difference to the way I feel. I usually have to wear some false eyelashes but this mascara is brilliant. Nevermind a princess, today I’ve been feeling like a Queen, and it’s been so much fun. Hair was by Vidal Sassoon Glasgow. The salon’s creative director Natalie Halligan along with her team of four teased the tresses of the models. “This is the second year I’ve worked on the show and this year the hair was fun and beautiful with the models having a free rein when it came to their look so they could choose what they wanted.”
It was a fun-fill yet poignant event which made me laugh and cry and finished with a standing ovation. For more information about Breast Cancer Care including how to get in touch for those seeking advice through to fund-raising tips, head to the charity’s website.