Chelsey Angers said that in the world of professional fashion modeling, you have to be prepared for anything.
At the Boston Fashion Awards show, held May 19, Angers walked the runway in dresses made by several well-known fashion designers. One dress, a delicate, low-cut red and flowery design, had to be taped to her body because it didn’t have a lot of support.
“They used double-sided tape so it wouldn’t fall off,” Angers said. “I was going to model a latex suit, but I’m allergic to latex.”
Angers said in order to properly display some of the outfits she needed to carry herself a certain way on the runway.
“I probably would have been nervous if I didn’t have experience walking the runway in different fashion designs,” she said.
Angers, 20, a member of the Haverhill High School Class of 2011, is making a name for herself in the world of fashion modeling. She said her passion for modeling was sparked by art and design classes she took in high school.
“I’m a very hands-on person and to learn something, I really need to do things with my hands,” Angers said. “I always had trouble understanding math and science, but art I understood perfectly.”
In her junior year at Haverhill High, she enrolled in a fashion design course, an elective at the time, and in her senior year she attended an after-school Access21 program in fashion design.
“I’ve always been artistic, but I was never given the opportunity to explore my creativity until I enrolled in the Access21 class,” she said. “We designed and made clothing, and it really prepared me to study fashion design in college.”
Her parents, DeeDee and Jeff Angers, said their daughter’s chosen career path shows there is good reason to keep the arts in Haverhill schools.