The day before, Sherry and I worked the open house for Darlafoxx. This day, morning came early, January 29, 2023.
My great friend Barb had another bridal expo. Sher and I helped set up and work with the vendors. I decided to dress for the part.
We got there before 9:00AM for the 1:00PM show. We helped with the vendors as they showed up, getting them in the right spots and all set up. During this process, I got to know quite a few of them.
For about 4 hours, I walked around, interacted with so many and made some real friends. I felt on top of the world.
I was also a model for the second consecutive day, walking for a great friend who was integral in my getting included in the magazine photo shoot last year. I wore two mother-of-the-bride dresses. I do not have many pictures of the gowns or the walk because we were changing on the fly, and photos are difficult to come by.
My contacts were almost blinding me, so you see I ended up in my glasses.
I could not have been happier all day. One of the vendors and I, whom I met a few hours prior, snuck away and grabbed a drink and got to know each other.
I felt complete acceptance all day. vendors remembered me from working the same show last year. Everyone was so kind. When I walked the grey/blue dress, I was crying like a baby. I actually felt like the Mother of some bride, having helped some of my fellow models get the details taken care of (zip this, button that, hide a bra strap, etc.).
After the show I walked around and hugged quite a few people, literally crying with joy. I wept while I hugged Barb to thank her for including us. She took this picture of me, in all of my glory!
It was a weekend of joy for me. And it filled me with pride to have helped Sherry get her feet wet in the modeling community. We’ll sit back and watch her spread her wings. I’ve done my work.
I will tell you all something I told Sherry, sort of. I would only do this for her. No one else. I spent countless hours building these relationships through my many volunteer gigs. I do so much for many of my cis-friends with only the opportunity to have these wonderful experiences as a repayment of sorts for my help. For me to bring someone else into the tent, so to speak, only diminishes the need for me. Bringing in Sherry and others that ask for my help in doing these things, will eventually render me obsolete. It was certainly very clear, especially from the photos yesterday, she is soooooo much prettier than I could ever hope to be. This forces me to continue to reinvent myself. I always have been proud to be the only “one” in the room, and in many instances being that only “one” has been a great benefit. Now I am changing the dynamics of who and what I am. I love my friends and will always help them, even to my detriment. As I told Sher directly, take the baton and run with it!
This picture fills me with pride!
A little backstory on my outfit. The top I wore is actually one of my nighties. So when I started getting cleaned up at home after the show, I took a bunch of pictures. Here is one of them.
What an amazing weekend! The love in the room, even though no one but me was aware of it, was awesome. Now what’s next?
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