Life and Religion
|Charlotte model coach's mission: Walk the runway with confidence|
|Jennifer Michelle teaches keys to catwalk|
|Published Wednesday, September 25, 2019 1:23 pm|
|PHOTO | RYAN SMITH|
|Charlotte-based model and runway coach Jennifer Michelle is founder of the Confidence Model.|
The Confidence Model is something Jennifer Michelle wishes she had growing up.
The Charlotte-based model and runway coach will host a workshop in Charlotte on Oct. 5 from 9-11 a.m. and Raleigh on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It is designed for women who have yet to realize and utilize their potential. Michelle explained that for some it is walking around with insecurities; for others it is a matter of realizing the barriers in their way.
She will share personal lessons. Her goal is transparency.
“Growing up, there was absolutely nothing like this available to me,” Michelle said. “That’s why I started my model coaching. That’s why I’m doing the confidence workshop, because there weren’t these things for me. As a model, I didn’t have a model coach or an agent. I just jumped in and I learned a lot. A lot of mistakes were made.”
The workshops are open to a maximum of 20 participants.
“I’m a hands-on type of person,” Michelle said. “I want to be able to talk and not just get up there and write something on the board, but I want to be able to give an intimate experience. When the ladies leave, I want them to feel confident in who they are. I’m doing 20 people because I don’t want it to be any bigger yet, because it’s me one-on-one with the women who are going to be there, talking about some very personal things and I don’t want anybody to feel intimidated by the group size.”
Michelle didn’t grow up with positive reinforcement in how she looked.
“The body shaming came, and body shaming comes in both forms,” Michelle said. “People see some of us as too skinny. I hate that word, ‘skinny,’ and some say, ‘oh you’re too big,’ or, ‘you’re too fat.’ Body shaming comes in all forms. I want us to get to the point to where we can embrace who we are.”
While Michelle felt confident in designer clothes with makeup and jewelry to complete the look, the façade would fade without them.
“As soon as I took them off, I became that insecure 12-year-old girl who remembered the first time she told her crush ‘oh, I like you,’ and the first thing he said was, ‘nobody is going to like you—you’re too skinny,’” Michelle said. “I grew up thinking nobody would like me, because I was too skinny. That just was the beginning of a lot of insecurities, and the purpose of this workshop is to sit down with women and un-layer all this stuff. Peel it back—one by one. Let’s get rid of the insecurities. Let’s get rid of the fact that because we failed at something, we can’t be successful. We can’t be confident. Yes, you can. We can do all of that. That’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”
For more information: https://itsjennifermichelle.com/confidence-model
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