11/10/11: The Basic Catwalk: How to Rock the Runway

Strutting your stuff in high heels while exuding beauty and confidence is not as easy as it may appear. We, at reFresh Talent, realize that confidence can be hard to muster when you’re worried about falling and breaking an ankle, so we have come up with a few tips to help you develop your own signature catwalk. 

Walk This Way
Your posture is super important, so stand with your shoulders back and pelvis slightly forward.  Imagine walking with a book on your head (remember Marcia Brady and all her practice!)
Look straight ahead, not at the floor, keeping your head and shoulders straight and making sure not to dip your chin.  

If you are not accustomed to wearing high heels, you may want to start with a shorter heel and work your way up to a higher heel as you gain more confidence with your strut. Make sure you have ample room to practice your “walk”, perhaps down the length of your hallway, have some music playing and, if possible, a full length mirror to watch yourself.

The Eyes Have It
Remember to smile with your eyes or as Tyra says, “smize.” Focus your attention on something in the distance and not at someone in the audience, and, please, no overacting or exaggerated facial expressions.

Balancing Act
Balance on the ball of your foot and not on your heels so you look graceful like a ballerina versus clomping hard on your heels like an elephant. Walk with your toes pointed forward with one foot in front of the other, “crossing” them. Take long (but not too long) and commanding strides to the count of the music with attitude.  

Give Yourself a Hand
Keep your arms by your sides and let them swing naturally, not exaggerated or with large swinging movements. Your hands should be in a graceful yet natural position unless wearing certain styles of clothing where your hands may be placed inside pockets.  

Be a Poser
At the end of the runway before your turn, pause for a beat jutting your hip out then turn and return up the runway. Practice this while walking in a straight line with ATTITUDE and confidence. If you do happen to trip or fall, just smile and get right back up as if nothing happened.

Say Cheese
Once you feel you have perfected your catwalk, grab a friend and have them video your new moves so that you may see yourself from a different perspective.

Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the easier it will become until you have perfected and developed your own signature style.  

Happy strutting!

Check out Tyra's pointers on runway

 

 

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