“Glamour and advanced years are not mutually exclusive, and we have the models to prove it,” reads the flyer for the center’s second Holiday Fashion Gala.
Each of the fashion show’s participants was put through eight two-hour sessions of vigorous training on proper modeling technique to prepare for their runway debut.
Participating model Becci Ritter, 72, said there is a lot to master.
“When you’re up there, you’ve got to be concentrating on where do I walk, where is my mark, where to put my hands, I’ve got to smile,” she said.
Ritter also walked in the first Seymour fashion show three years ago.
“I personally enjoyed it tremendously,” Ritter said. “I thought I would be nervous, but actually it was a whole lot of fun. I was the first one to come out, and they were playing jazzy music with a great beat and the audience started to clap along.”
Ritter said her favorite part of the experience was the relationships that she built.
“The group of models were all people who really didn’t know each other, but we became very supportive and encouraging and it was just such a good bonding experience,” Ritter said.