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I Walked the @DaretoWearLove Runway to benefit @stephenlewisfdn #charity #lgbtq

The Dare to Wear Love 6 Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, May 12th. It was an amazing evening, raising more than 275K for The Stephen Lewis Foundation‘s new LGBTQ Funding Initiative.

The new initiative will support organizations responding to HIV/AIDS within sub-Saharan African communities where HIV rates are highest.

As always, huge hugs and thanks to Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of HOAX Couture, founders of Dare to Wear Love. They are two of the most generous people I know, and their tremendous energy brings out the best in everyone around them.

Photo credit: Eyecontact Photography

Many thanks also to designer Farley Chatto who created my beautiful dress, which I love!

Lovely man and designer, Farley Chatto

The evening was filled with love and hope. By celebrating the talents and commitment of Canada’s fashion community and artists, we all used our powers for good!

Thanks to everyone who supported me this year, either with a monetary donation to my Challenge or by sharing the event and encouraging me along the way. It all helped!

Below are a few pictures from the evening’s show, but there are hundreds more! You can see them on the Flickr galleries, accessible via the Photos link on the website.

Enjoy!

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 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Walk the Walk #fashion #charity #dtwl

I’ll be walking the runway tomorrow for Dare to Wear Love. If you want to know more about my involvement, you can read about it here.

Normally, for such a swanky event, I would need to find an outfit to wear. Since I’m part of the fashion show, however, I’m fortunate to have something custom made for me!

The amazing Farley Chatto designed my dress, and I had the pleasure of trying it on earlier this week.

I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s fabulous. Made from six yards of African fabric in colours I would never choose for myself, it’s a complete departure from my all-black wardrobe. Farley calls it “naughty goodness” as he juxtapositions African fabric with Italian lamb leather! My dress is the one in the middle. The other two are also being worn by winners of the Dare to Wear Love Challenge.

I’m having my hair attended to by one of two masters in the craft—Brian Phillips of World Salon and John Taccone of Navigate Salon. MAC Cosmetics will take care of my make-up. Even my jewellery will be looked after by Rita Tesolin.

The only thing I had to get were shoes. Farley told me early on to get a pair of heels, not the chunky heels I’m used to wearing, but the tall, skinny heels. The higher the heel, the better it would show off my legs and the dress, which sits just above my knees.

And I definitely wanted to do that, but … Yikes!

Recently, I wore my highest, skinniest heels for the Toronto International Porn Festival. They are two inches. I was able to walk in them, albeit not for long stretches at a time. 

You’re talking about a girl who lives in sneakers, after all! These are my beat-up runners on the car’s dashboard. Heh.

“Walk the walk” is almost always said in combination with “talk the talk.” It’s an alternative to old sayings such as “Talk is cheap,” or “Actions speak louder than words.” It’s quite fitting as the title of this post.

After weeks of raising money for the event and “talking” about it on social media, I finally have to walk it. Less than a minute’s worth of stepping one foot in front of the other shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

Plus I’ve done it once before.

The difference last time was I walked in boots with wide heels. My floor-length skirt covered my boots, so it didn’t matter what I wore on my feet, really.

This time …

Three inches! Count them—One, Two, Threeeee inches!

I practised walking up and down my driveway after watching some “How to walk in high heels” videos. Pretty sad, right?

Anyway, I managed to scuff up the soles a bit for better grip, and I even surprised myself with how steadily I walked. The test will be tomorrow evening when I take to the runway.

Just when I was feeling more confident, a friend sent me this video.

It actually did make me feel better. I mean … there is no way I’m going to be this bad, and these are professional models!

Join me if you can tomorrow night. It’s fashion for fun, hope, and a great cause. There are limited tickets available as the event is close to being sold out.

An incredible amount of love and work goes into producing the Dare to Wear Love event, and I want to thank everyone who has supported me with a donation or encouraged me on social media.

Wish me luck and that I stay upright!

eden 

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