With the This Is How We Roll fashion show coming up, Namine and I headed to Old Navy to pick out an outfit. Each model is assigned a different store, and Old Navy was the store assigned to Namine. We had called ahead to schedule coming in, so the store manager was expecting us.
In post fashion shows, Namine has modeled casual and semi-dress outfits. This time around, she didn’t have anything specific in mind; she wanted to look around and see what grabbed her attention. The first thing that did was a royal blue cardigan, so she based her other clothing selections off of what would go well with it.
Namine asked me what colors would pair well with royal blue. Although, with me and my colorblindness — deuteranomaly, to be precise — I couldn’t rightly say. This is where Google is my friend! I searched for “colors that go with royal blue” and showed Namine the results. From there, Namine picked the shirts and pants she wanted to try on.
When she was content with the amount of clothing options, we headed to the fitting room. The manager had made sure to reserve an accessible fitting room for us. Namine tried on outfit after outfit, finally settling on a striped V-neck shirt and beige jogging pants. (The pants are capri style, but on Namine’s shorter legs they were the perfect length.) She put the cardigan on last, and decided that she liked the outfit better without the sweater. Ironic.
The last thing to do was decide on accessories, which of course were totally optional. Namine picked out a floral headband and a pair of sunglasses. We couldn’t get prescription sunglasses for her, unfortunately, but her eyesight is still good enough that the brief time on the runway without her glasses will be fine.
See Namine in the “This is How We Roll” fashion show
“This is How We Roll” was created to highlight the importance of medical research, wheelchair accessibility and inclusion within the community by breaking down barriers and changing the stereotypes society has about wheelchair users. It also provides each model with a life changing experience by promoting positivity, self-worth and life skills. Models include a diverse group, ranging from teachers, nurses, lawyers, school children and even pageant titleholders.