This Is How We Roll Fashion Show

Namine rolled down the runway for her third time in the fashion show for wheelchair users.

The week prior to the fashion show, Namine and I went to Old Navy to pick out an outfit. Several different clothing vendors sponsor the fashion show. Each model was assigned a vendor, and much like a previous year, Old Navy was the one assigned to Namine.

The weekend of the fashion show, Namine was with my parents because Jessica and I took a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed close so we could come back for an evening to see Namine on the runway — we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

My mom and Namine arrived early so Namine could get her hair and makeup done. She met the current Miss Wisconsin, and then it was time to get down to business. Namine had picked out some sunglasses to go with her outfit, but after her makeup was done, she decided against wearing them. They obscured the eye shadow she was wearing, and she wanted that to be seen.

Next on the docket was the group picture. It can be a little challenging to get everyone together, but teamwork and solidarity are this group’s bread and butter. It’s funny — like last time, the photographer asked the group, once they were all in position, if everyone could just move sideways just a little. The photographer was met with incredulous looks, but they eventually did get it worked out.

At last, it was time for the fashion show! Namine was one of the models in the first half, which allowed her to join us in the audience for the second half. It’s probably just my “helicopter parent” tendencies, but she made me a little nervous that she might fall over the edge of the platform. But I needn’t have worried; she performed wonderfully — as always — even popping a wheelie full of attitude.

We’re thankful to Bryon Riesch of the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation and Jenny Addis, Fashion Show Coordinator, for the This Is How We Roll Fashion Show. We’re thankful as well for all the amazing individuals who made it happen and participated in it. It was, as it has been in the past, an amazing experience for Namine. We look forward to doing it again next year!

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