The Title of Next Top Historical Model Goes To

….you decide!

For those of you who couldn’t make RWA conference, the Dress For Historical Success workshop was, well, as success. We had a full room despite going up at 8:30am on the last day of conference.

Here’s my best shot:


The judges say:

Nigel Barker: “I love the pose. You evoked the sense of confidence and grace of the Tang Dynasty, but I’m not in love with the face.”

Miss Jay: “Girl, you are closing your eyes again. Get some sleep or something and bring it.”

Jeannie: “But I was up late last night at the Harlequin party. There was a DJ and pink drinks with orchids in them–”

Miss Jay: *rolls eyes* “Excuses, excuses…”

Tyra: “The women of the Tang Dynasty were FIERCE. I see a pretty picture here, but I’m not seeing fierce.”

The guest judge always gets to announce the winner. While the other judges are deliberating, check out the photos and write-up on Gretchen Jones’ blog on the Dress for Historical Success workshop.

Who will be America’s Next Top Historical Model this year? You decide!

The rest of my film:


costume_group_photoGroup photo:Elisabeth Burke (Native American), Jeannie Lin (Tang Dynasty China), Jade Lee (Qin Dynasty China), Isobel Carr (Georgian England), Pam Nowak (Victorian America), Julia Justiss (Regency England), Peg Herring (Elizabethan England – female), Coralie Hughes Jensen (Elizabethan England – male), Judy Ridgley (Ancient Rome). Linda Joyce (American Prarie) is not shown.

America’s Next Top Historical Model

Hello my lonely blog. I’ve been neglectful. Let me say it was no choice of my own! Since I like to stay overwhelmingly positive here, let’s just say two trips to the ER and a little bit of day job pressure have kept me away. But now I’m back, on a double dose of antibiotics, and feeling much, much better.

tang dress fancySome cute news: I’m on another panel in Nashville! “Dress for Historical Success” was proposed by author Peg Herring. She sent out a request for historical authors in different time periods who would want to dress up in their time period costume for a runway show at conference. They had America and England covered so she was asking for some other time periods. Being the new girl in the playground, I tentatively came up to her and told her I wrote in 8th century China and hoped the other girls would want to play with me.

It turns out Jade Lee was already on the panel and she told Peggy that I would be a great asset. 🙂


tang dynasty clothesSo not only do I get to join a panel of authors, I don’t have to be the oddball on the runway in Asian costume. There will be two of us! I need to write up an informative blurb about my costume with historical detail and how it figures into my book. I’ve already ordered the costume. (Apparently Japanese cosplay has some Tang Dynasty afficionados.)

I don’t want to reveal the runway look here, so I just put some images to give a taste of what the clothes looked like. I’m also giddy because it’s a bit of a childhood fantasy to dress up in these lavish costumes. They’re so feminine and flowing. Maybe those fantasies spurred me to write in this period.

This does give me another incentive to lose the winter weight before conference. I’ve never had to work a runway before and I want to be Tyra fierce.