Fashion

Behind the Glamor: Meet the Regular Faces Who Make Fashion Run

Fashion

Behind the Glamor: Meet the Regular Faces Who Make Fashion Run

Bryant Eslava, 20, NYC. Photographer shooting for his Tumblr blog. Third time attending. “Sitting next to Kelly Osbourne and the Olsen twins at a fashion show.”
Hannah Palmer Egan, 30. NYC. Writer / photographer, freelancing for various publications. Third NYFW. “Got a great pink lipstick from Maybelline in the tents.”
Kara Hooley, 27. Chicago. Integrated media for Papyrus. Second time at NYFW. “Watching all the chic people.”
Lindsey Ridgeway, 29. NYC. Model, handing out lint removers. Fourth time at NYFW. “I love seeing all the crazy people and fashion.”
Mariela Fernandez, 21. Dominican Republic (now NYC). Photographer for Fashionbench.com. First time attending. “I love all the people and especially all the colors. I love colors!”
Nelson Offley, 20. LA (now NYC). Working the photo booth at Milk Studios. “It’s just fun.”
Porscsha Zachary, 22. Atlanta (now NYC). Model, handing out magazines. First time at NYFW. “Making contacts, so that in the Fall I can walk the runway!”
Stephanie Cameron (with Vanessa Kim). NYC. Milk Studios coffee girls. “I don’t know, so far I’ve just seen a bunch of people eating.”
Walter Kleine. NYC. Un-affiliated photographer shooting models in front of Lincoln Center. “It’s something to do, you know? Just a way to spend an afternoon. And the girls are pretty.”
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Much is made of the celebrities at New York Fashion Week, with packs of paparazzi gathered like hungry hyenas at the entrances to many of the larger events, hoping for that moment of TMZ  glory. But even in this day and age of instant Internet fame, not everyone in attendance is, well, famous. I decided to take a few minutes to talk to some of the normal folks working at Fashion Week, both officially and otherwise, asking each of them the same questions: Name, age, where they were from, what they were doing, how many fashion weeks they’d been to and why they came or their favorite NYFW moment thus far.