Storm center Ashley Robinson traded in her basketball shoes for high heels last Friday, serving as a model during the finale night of Seattle Fashion Week. Check out a photo of Robinson on the catwalk from seattlepi.com.
“I’m no model. That’s what I know for sure after Friday,” said Robinson. “It was fun, but I don’t know if that’s a career for me. It was nerve-wracking. Basketball, I practice before I play a game. I needed a week of practice to get all the poses and feel comfortable. The whole time, I was shaking. I felt like you could see my legs shaking, but I don’t think you could. I was so nervous.
“I wanted to do well for this designer and then all these girls are models, so I was trying to walk like a model, look like a model. Maybe I’ll just have to be that celebrity model – and I use celebrity loosely – because it’s hard. It’s not easy, walking and looking pretty and posing and keeping that all in mind at the same time.”
Previously, Robinson had modeled in the Goodwill Glitter Gala in the fall of 2009. That was different, however, because like Robinson everyone modeling was an amateur. Additionally, Robinson wanted to make sure she did justice to the designer dress she was wearing.
“Glitter Gala was more fun for me because I had less pressure,” she explained. “I felt a lot of pressure because this is somebody’s life that they put on me. I wanted to make sure I presented her garment the right way for whoever she’s trying to sell her clothes to. Hopefully I did, but I was nervous. Those girls are professionals. It’s like if you told them to go in during the fourth quarter and shoot some free throws and they’ve never played basketball. I was feeling that fourth-quarter pressure. It was fun, and if anybody asked me to do it again I would do it, but I just want to practice some more.”
Despite Robinson’s nervousness, she got positive feedback from her fellow models. It was the other Storm players who had the chance to attend the show that gave Robinson some constructive criticism.
“They all said, ‘You looked gorgeous, you did great, way to go.’ My teammates said I looked mad up there, like they thought something was wrong, but I was just trying to get that model/diva no-smile face. So I need to work on my ’smeyes,’ as Tyra (Banks) would say – smiling with your eyes.”