If you didn't make it to the Bridal Show you missed out! Our staff, models, and our new friends all had so much fun! There were so many cool vendors, food, dancing, and music. Plus there were super cute animals from the zoo! Arkansas Democrat-Gazette really knows how to party! We are so happy to have been a part of this show! In our business, especially since we are so unique, not many organizations take the time to research us and understand what we do. So we are incredibly thankful to Arkansas Democrat Gazette for including us in their event!
We also want to thank everyone who came to our table and chatted with us! You guys rock! We had so many people tell us so many wonderful stories about how we had helped friends. We also had the opportunity to inform a lot of brides about our lingerie parties and free gift wrapping! As well as inform a number people who had never heard of us about all the services we offer. Such as complimentary bra fittings and bridal registry! You were all amazing and we loved talking with all of you!
We are also incredibly thankful to all of our lovely models! I was so happy with our turn out. We had models of all shapes and sizes, all races and ages. You lovely ladies absolutely killed it on the runway! Every single one of you looked like a supermodel! I know it takes a lot of guts to get up on the runway, especially in front of a thousand people, and strut your stuff. Every single one of the models in the fashion show was amazing! Especially our stand in model. One of our male models had to cancel last minute. Luckily, Savannah ran into a very nice gentlemen on the elevator who volunteered to help us out. Thanks elevator guy! Click here to watch our amazing models in the fashion show!
I’m sure that the majority of the participants at the bridal show are in total agreeance with me that the models were lovely, the party was rocking, and our booth was tasteful. However, not everyone had nice things to say. Since our business is so unique, I’ve come to expect that what we do makes some people feel awkward or uncomfortable. People like the ones I'm about to mention are why our business exists. We are here to show women that these comments and looks don’t matter. We are confident women trying to show other women that they can be confident too. We are trying to build a community of women that lift each other up, not tear each other down. We’ve made a lot of progress, but the women mentioned below just prove that we still have a lot of work to do.
Let’s start with the ladies we sat in front of during the fashion show. These were not young girls, these were grown women. During the entire fashion show, these women had something to say about almost every model. They made comments such as, “She looks so stiff,” or “She is way too big for that outfit,” or “You can tell she doesn’t know what she’s doing.” To these women I would just like to tell you, that you are the reason why fourteen year olds cry. These models are BRAVE. They had the guts to stand alone in front of a thousand people and represent companies and businesses. That is a lot of pressure. I bet every single one of them was worried about people like you being in the audience. Nonetheless, every single one of them got up there and walked it out anyway. What if those models had heard you? What if they had heard your cruel comments and taken them to heart? Those same models may not ever walk a runway again. They may not ever get in front of an audience again because of your unnecessary rude remarks.
Our words have such a huge impact. Words are powerful things that have the ability to tear someone down or lift them up. I was appalled that these grown women reminded me so much of middle schoolers. Making fun, just for fun. Saying cruel things is not fun. Having something cruel said about you isn’t fun. Our words are powerful things that have the ability to make people feel certain ways. With such a great power, why on earth would you use it to tear someone down? Why would you use such a wonderful gift to criticize a young girl for looking nervous? Why wouldn’t you just use it to cheer her on and make her feel better?
After the fashion show ended I’ll admit I was relieved. We left immediately, avoiding eye contact with these women. We were all happy to get away from the negativity. Unfortunately, the negative attitudes didn’t end at the fashion show. There were a few ladies at the bridal show who quite literally turned their noses at us. Before I get into specifics, I would like to thank all the wonderful people who stopped at our table. We had so many awesome stories about friends we had helped and back pain we had solved. You guys were amazing! I just wish everyone had been as lovely as you! However, there were so many ladies who walked by our table and gave us dirty looks. At first I tried to ignore them thinking maybe it wasn’t us. Maybe their gum had just gone sour or something. Then the mean comments started coming our way. There weren’t too many thankfully, but I would like to address two comments in particular.
To the lady who looked at our table and said, “This is not the place for that.” The bridal show isn’t the place for what? To inform future brides about lingerie parties and free gift wrapping? To inform them that we have an awesome private studio as a venue for those lingerie parties? To inform brides we offer bridal registries? I bet that's why she was so upset. Now that I think about it, the bridal show wasn’t a great place to let brides know where they can get bridal shoes, lingerie, robes and jewelry. I would have been upset too if someone were trying to tell me where to get wedding dress lingerie. I bet what really ticked her off is that we offer boudoir sessions. I can see why. A photo session to promote body positive images for self confidence before a wedding is just a terrible idea. Maybe the bridal show wasn’t the place to try and provide all this information.
To the lady who said, “I would never buy anything from that store.” I totally don’t blame you. I wouldn’t shop here either seeing that we have bras up to size O, and bands up to 52. Shopping in our store must be a nightmare. Considering we have a professionally trained staff that offer free bra fittings with no appointment necessary. How dare we. I can completely understand your boycott of our store, considering our price range is from $10 - $150. How dare we consider every woman’s size AND budget. I bet she didn’t appreciate that we don’t just sell functional bras, but panties, sexy lingerie, nursing bras, active wear, and men’s underwear as well. I bet she totally hates that we sell pima cotton pajamas, that fabric is so soft its a crime! We are just jerks, thinking about the comfort, size, and budget of our customers. You know, I bet she won’t shop here because of all our blogs. I bet she doesn’t appreciate all the free information we provide about things like; nursing bras, bra fittings, body type specific lingerie, updating lingerie, lingerie mistakes, and so much more. We really are just jerks trying to provide free information, soft pajamas, size and budget options, and amazing customer service. Just jerks.
With all of these comments, looks, and attitudes being addressed, I would like to say that these women in no way ruined the bridal show for us. Despite all the people trying to ruin our day it was still amazing. We made many new friends, our models were amazing, and one of our friends found out he’s going to be a father! A few years ago Jelly Bean proposed to his wife Quinn at the bridal show, and this year she got him back. She gave him one of our gift bags on stage, but instead of lingerie he received a positive pregnancy test! Click here to see her pregnancy announcement. Congratulations Quinn and Jelly Bean! We are so happy for you! Thank you to everyone who made this Bridal Show one to remember. We love and appreciate all of you!
We hope to see you at the Conway Bridal Show this Sunday, February 18th at the Conway Event Center!
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ANGIE DAVIS is a lingerie boutique & boudoir studio in Conway, Arkansas. Shop our website or come into the store and let us help you find the perfect piece of lingerie, your new favorite shoes, some gorgeous jewelry or the perfect fitting bra. We carry bras up to O, bralettes up to HH, nursing bras, lingerie up to 6X & much more! We also offer bridal registry & lingerie parties!
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