I Was A Project Mannequin Contestant

Charlotte Russe's first ever style-off was fierce!
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Being told what to do

The bright TV lights were making us melt. Derek gave us our themes; mine was “Valentine’s Day.” And then we were off! Everyone was slightly crazed while grabbing things, but they were polite. After taking my beloved leggings, I scored some other items and ran back to the mannequin.

I grabbed a snakeskin textured clutch ($18.50, charlotterusse.com) and an entire shelf of stuff. I had no idea if I’d use it, but decided to be safe and grab it all.

snakeskin bag

Dina Fierro of eye4style.com (who is hysterically funny, btw) and I were the only people who grabbed pants. We kept screaming encouragement to each other and gave each other tips on how to work the mannequin. I finally got my mannequin dressed, but couldn’t get it back up to normal height. Then we were told to grab accessories. As we’re working, we kept hearing, “you have 12 minutes,’ “you have 8 minutes.” The stress was crazy. By the time we were done, all of us were shaking and sweaty messes.

 Then came the personal interview with Derek and our explanations of our outfits. You can see that online at CharlotteRusse. The winning stylist gets their outfit displayed in Charlotte Russe store windows, and wins an iPad.

 I loved every ridiculous, insane moment. I’m thrilled to death that I didn’t get pitched into a clothing rack. All the contestants were kind, friendly and helpful to each other – even while we were competing against each other! Who says fashion people are bitches? ‘Cause it’s not true- at least not last night.

I would love to win; who wouldn’t want to win a contest? And if you’d like, please vote for me and my outfit on Facebook.Voting kicks off today and runs through July 22. But honestly, even if I don’t win, this was a dream come true for me. To be able to create and style an outfit, to compete with other fashionistas against the clock and have fun doing this–well, nothing beats that. Nothing beats the chance to make something that’s yours and that’s beautiful.

 PJ Gach is the Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential. 

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