Beards, Bowties & Bikinis Fashion Show

by - June 14, 2019

Fashion for a cause! The Beards, Bowties & Bikinis Fashion Show at 6 PM on June 1 was a runway unlike any other. Held at the Highland Lounge, it brought together designers of color from across Austin, TX to showcase their designs, celebrate individuality, and raise awareness for #ThisIsWhereIStart.

The #ThisIsWhereIStart campaign is an initiative based in Austin, TX that encourages victims of domestic violence to take the first step to get help, to promote awareness for domestic violence and advocate for domestic violence prevention.

Designers & vendors featured on the runway: Merida B, Bow Inertia, Not Black Ties, Bow Ties by Brunson, Ttomboigirl Bow Ties, Amore, Shavanthe, Cocos Image, Genell Custom Designs, Barbara Humphrey, Mike Frames, Electric Moda Boutique.

Casting Call

Modeling isn't something that can be done in a silo. You need a team! Family to build you up before casting calls, friends in the industry to go to calls with and even to let you know when other events are happening. I met some great gals at the casting call for the 2019 Beards, Bowties & Bikinis Fashion show and we all went out to dinner together afterward.

casting call with Morgan Pashen and local Austin models
Models L-R: Dani Blaire, Christi Ho, (myself), Terris Jenay


Rehearsals are the time to invest in your practice, allow yourself to experiment, and to show the other industry professionals in the room what you can do. We were lucky to have a professional photographer (Luis Nieves) at a couple rehearsals so that we could really see ourselves on the runway before the big night.

Morgan ma Belle / Morgan Pashen runway pose Morgan Pashen runway practice

Seasons on the KCFW runway certainly came in handy as I collaborated with the designers to layout the runway & seating and coached the other models.

Morgan Pashen runway fashion show organizer

Morgan Pashen runway rehearsal with local Austin designers

Recognize those super cute and comfy shorts? They're from my Zena Salon and Boutique Glam Bag that I reviewed last year!

Wearing Flow from Electric Moda Boutique

Morgan Pashen wearing Electric Moda Boutique on the runway Morgan Pashen Morgan ma Belle black and white photo

Wearing Not Black Ties


Wearing Bowties by Brunson

Morgan ma Belle wearing Bowties by Brunson on the runway | downtown Austin fashion show

Wearing Bow Inertia


Photographers: R&V Fashion, Henry Singleton, Luis Nieves

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