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PASSION, DRIVE, TECHNIQUE: The Man, The Coach, The Producer! The Savvy Event Guru sits down with Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill, Founder and Creative Director of The Stampede School of Modeling!...  Born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia PA, Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill is the youngest of 4 siblings and the only boy in a family full of girls!  I have had the wonderful pleasure of working closely, with Mr. Hill since 2015, when we worked together on the first of many events. Mr. Hill has always demonstrated a love and a passion for helping others, so I was Ecstatic when Mr. Hill accepted my invitation for this interview.   The Interview: The Savvy Event Guru:  Good Afternoon Antwain how are you sir today? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill:  I am well, thank you. The Savvy Event Guru: That's Wonderful😊.Well let's begin! The Savvy Event Guru: Can I just say that it has been amazing to see your journey from the time we met in 2015 up until now!!  You are truly inspirational and with that being said my first question for you is. The Savvy Event Guru:  What life changing event has inspired you to become this strong, influential entrepreneur and GIANT of a Man? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: There have been several life changing events that have built what you call, “strong and influential.” If I had to choose one, it would have to be the absence of my father. Watching my mother raise four children (three older sisters), working 3-4 jobs merely to make ends meet and put us through private schooling.  Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill & Family at The 2019 Asylum Fashion Show I remember wanting a male mentor, big brother, cousin, uncle, anyone just to look up to and that never happened. This resulting in me hating my father and being in competition with his absence and that drove me no where but insane. However, it did give me strength to be impactful to others and everything I wanted in a male that I didn’t receive, I ended up being that to every young boy and girl I met. I made sure that I would give my nephews someone positive to look up to and I will until I die. More in my book to come, stay ready!  The Savvy Event Guru: WOW!  AMAZING. So what it sounds like is that you used a negative in your life to fuel your drive and in return you worked hard to provide your nephews with the positive male image that you yourself yearned to have?  The Savvy Event Guru: Wow! Just amazing! And yes I can not wait for the book, please keep me posted!!!! The Savvy Event Guru: So what else would you say "Inspires You"? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: My inspiration comes from everything I didn’t have growing up. I try to be the mentor/father figure to the young men in my life because it was something I lacked. I try to be financially stable, because I watched my mother struggle with four kids. I just want to be an all-around good person. The Savvy Event Guru: This is very admirable. So let's begin to dig into your experience in the Fashion Industry.  The Savvy Event Guru: So in conversation, you mentioned that you used to be a model! How exciting; and I bet not many people knew this about you, because we all know you as "Coach" . The Savvy Event Guru: At what age did you begin modeling? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: LOL. That is true that most people don’t know that I use to model professionally and world-wide. I began modeling at the tender age of 7 and walked in my first fashion show at the age of 10. The Savvy Event Guru: Thats pretty impressive!  So you had to have witnessed a number of different ways to walk or should I say "Strut" on the Runway?  Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: Yes very much so!  The Savvy Event Guru: What inspired you to go into the Modeling Industry as an entrepreneur and start your own modeling school, the Stamped School of Modeling and when was your school founded? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: My inspiration came when I was in the 11th grade and I wanted to begin teaching and coaching models verses being on the runway. I wanted to give to others yearning to make it in the industry, what was so selflessly given to me. So, I traveled and coached models and started Stampede School of Modeling in 2014 in Atlanta, GA.  I noticed that everyone wanted to be on a runway, but very few knew the history of modeling and what the basic techniques were. Til this day, I watch models get intimidated to work with me, because I take them to the basics, when their main priority is just to wear a garment and pose in front of a lens. One day, I hope that my lessons and the lessons of those I coach will be a pre-requisite to enter in this industry. This is my "why" behind what I do and why I started this company.  The Savvy Event Guru: What would you say has been your biggest hurdle in this industry? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: First, I am happy you used the word “hurdle” in asking me this question. A hurdle is a small blockage but isn’t permanent. Secondly, a hurdle I faced while building my company was exactly what I stated in the last question. Models in this era don’t believe in training. They hear how good they are from doing one show and their head blows up instead of remaining humble and using every tool provided to "perfect" their craft. It saddens me honestly. When I opened our second location in Washington, DC, I watched models (all ages) ignore the training and focused on being seen and then I watched them fail. I am not gloating while saying that, because the last thing I want is to see anyone fail. However, if a teacher gives you a book for a class and you don’t read the chapters but show up for the exam, you can’t possibly think you will pass. That is the way I look at it.  The Savvy Event Guru: What would you say has been your biggest accomplished to date? Great Day Washington TV Show Appearance in 2019 Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: I have had several astonishing accomplishments. To me, my biggest accomplishments was the day I opened Stampede School of Modeling. I was the first Entrepreneur in my family, and I gave my cousins, siblings and elders someone to look up to. I also take pride in being selected as one of 2017 Top 35 Millennial Influencer in Washington DC as well as 2019 Best of Atlanta as a company.  Each of those things have given me a little more fuel to continue to drive this dream of mine to its destination. Each of these accomplishments has given my mother a reason to smile and allowed her to know that all her hard work, hungry days and sleepless nights didn’t go unnoticed.  The Savvy Event Guru: So what inspired you to come up with the Asylum Fashion Show series? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: Asylum Fashion Show series were designed with every person suffering a mental illness in mind. It was in 2018 that I was clinically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Multiple Depressive Disorder (MDD) and I knew then that the mind could be your best friend or your worst enemy and it has been both for me. This series speaks to those who have been diagnosed, know someone who has been diagnosed or judged someone who has been diagnosed. No matter what category above you, as the viewer may fall in, you will walk away with a new prospective on Mental Health. So, I took this opportunity to introduce the world to my best-friend and my worst enemy. We use fashion to illustrate the picture and the show to color in the lines and the outcome will produce a beautiful masterpiece.   The Savvy Event Guru: I love the way that you put that " Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy." I believe the first step in any process is acknowledgment.  Once you acknowledge something then you are better able to work through what you are experiencing.  In turn you become better equipped to help others who experience a similar situation.  The Savvy Event Guru: In so many words, how would you describe your journey of being an entrepreneur & show producer? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: My journey has been hell, but it has also been as beautiful as a full blossomed sunflower. I didn’t go in this journey expecting all great days, and I am glad I didn’t. I have failed, I have been unable to pay my staff, I have been unable to pay the mortgage on our building, to pay the rent in the building we occupy and even unable to get out of bed some days. However, I would not take any of it back. It has given me the strength to stand before my models and be the example that some of them never get to see. I have lost staff members due to betrayal and deceit all while smiling in my face. I have watched people turn their back on me and make promises that weighed more than they could carry. I also have watched the sun rise after the rain. I have witnessed lives being changed, models being asked to model in Paris Fashion Week, parents crying because we gave their most prized possession a way out when they thought there wasn’t one. I know this journey is far from over but if it was to end right here and right now, I would smile knowing that God is pleased with my stamina and resilience.  The Savvy Event Guru: Wow! Sounds like you've had a beautiful journey in and throughout the process of building, creating and growing your business. The Savvy Event Guru: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a model? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: The advice I would give to an inspiring, an intermediate or professional model would be all the same… don’t ever get too “big” where you forget why you first started your craft. Remember that when you hear the word, “no” it's only short for “don’t stop!”  The Savvy Event Guru: What words of advice would you give to someone who wants to become an entrepreneur? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: The words I would give to someone wanting to be an Entrepreneur would be simple. I would simply inform them to buckle their laces and get ready to stumble, crack, fall, bend and crinkle but just don’t break. Utilize every resource before you and don’t take “no” for an answer. Invest in yourself, you are your biggest supporter!  The Savvy Event Guru: Great advice, I love it!!!  Now as entrepreneurs we will always encounter those people who give off negative vibes.  The Savvy Event Guru:  How would you advise someone to respond when dealing with difficult people in this industry? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: I laughed when I read this question, lol. I laughed because I think we as a human race and especially artist can be so sensitive at times, we forget that we can not control what others say nor do but we can completely control our response to them both. I often read post on social media where people think they must respond to everything when in all reality, silence can be the best response right after their action of doing what God designed them to do. It’s ok to ignore ignorance but it’s not ok to give someone authority over your peace mentally.  The Savvy Event Guru: Omgosh you NAILED that response!! Thank you! The Savvy Event Guru: So what’s next for the Stampede School of Modeling? Mr. Antwain Donte Hill: I honestly couldn’t tell you what’s next for Stampede School of Modeling besides changing lives one runway at a time. We are in the process of planning a traveling series to speak on and STAMPEDE through Mental Health, so stay tuned… The Savvy Event Guru: Okay well that sounds exciting! I can not wait! The Savvy Event Guru: What's next for the Asylum Series? Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: Stampede School of Modeling is gearing for its next series under the Asylum umbrella, Asylum; 20/20 Vision #Unfiltered. We all can agree that the beginning of the year 2020 has been blurry but that doesn’t mean the vision is gone, it’s just a little blurred. We are coming stronger physically, artistically and mentally. We hope to see you at our fashion show supporting mental illness and suicide prevention in September 2020. Please check our website for all details. See you on the runway!! The Savvy Event Guru: Fantastic!  This has been a wonderful pleasure! I've had a chance to learn more about you, your journey and your business.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview! Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill: Your very welcome! Thank you for choosing me for this interview! j   The Savvy Event Guru: For More on Mr. Antwain Donte' Hill please check him out on Facebook "Antwain Donte Hill" on Instagram as @Fashionghuru. For more information on Stampede School of Modeling check them out on Facebook, Instagram @stampedemodels and on their website at For More from The Savvy Event Guru check out Our website at and also check us out on THE SAVVY EVENT GURU YouTube Channel at Photo by Ms. Jackie Hicks, Make-up by Letitia Thornhill 
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A Week of Networking,  Entertainment and Fashion! DC  Fashion Week CYCLE 32!    DC Fashion Week Cycle 32 began its cycle with a Fashion Networking party on Thursday Evening February 20, 2020, followed by loads of Fashion Designers, Models and Entertainment that continued on through Sunday February 23, 2020. History of DC Fashion Week in Washington DC   DC Fashion Week was started in 2003 by Show Producer, Director, Designer and Founder Mr. Ean Williams. DC Fashion Week is an event that takes place twice a year; once for the Autumn/Winter Collection and again for the Spring/Summer Collection!   DC Fashion Week Cycle 32 Thursday February 20: Opening Night Fashion Industry Networking Party    Thursday February 20, 2020 Washington, DC had their DC Fashion Week Opening Fashion Industry Networking Party.  Located in the HEART of the MGM Casino this well-attended event took place at the MGM Felt Lounge and Bar and began at 6pm!  A great opportunity to not only enjoy a Thursday Night Happy Hour, but also a fancy night out on the town with those in the DC Fashion Industry.    This event was complete with some of Washington DC's sought after Radio Personalities, Models, Designers, Media, etc. A red carpet with the signature DC Fashion Week step and repeat greeted attendees at the door entry. The DJ had the music flowing, the bar kept the guests satisfied and the networking was in progress.      As an Event Blogger and one of the experts in the area of event planning I felt that the Felt Bar and Lounge was the perfect venue for such an event. With its ample high top style furniture and exclusive seating area this venue exudes elegance and beauty.    I had the wonderful pleasure of mixing and mingling with not only the founder and producer of DC Fashion Week, Mr. Ean Williams, but also Mr. Guy Lambert from WPGC Radio here in Washington, DC.  It was a Night of Networking, Conversations and meeting NEW Contacts.  Producer & Founder Ean Williams and The Savvy Event Guru  WPGC Radio Personality Guy Lambert & The Savvy Event Guru Founder of Proof Model Agency Ronald Byrd & The Savvy Event Guru  Designer Tania Aria & The Savvy Event Guru Model, Actress, TV Personality Brie Crenshaw  & The Savvy Event Guru Friday February 21, 2020: Men's Collection   The weekend is here and FRIDAY was the start of the flow of fashion shows for DC Fashion Week. MEN was the theme for Friday night's fashion show event.  Friday night at 8pm guests experienced The Washington MENSWEAR Collection presented by MAGNUM Underwear.  This fashion show event took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Crystal City.  Designers Ainsely & Troupe, Alex Risimnic Couture, Aramide Closet, Ebannister Couture, Magnum Underwear and Obioma Fashions took to the stage for this MENSWEAR event.     Some of the Male Models included in the The Washington MENSWEAR Collection were male models from Owner Ronald Byrd's Proof Modeling Agency.  Proof Modeling Agency Models photo by Ben Amare Photo by Owner of Proof Modeling Agency Mr. Ronald Byrd  Photo taken by Photographer Truong Lee for Phelan Marc Media Photo taken by Photographer Truong Lee for Phelan Marc Media Photo taken by Photographer Truong Lee for Phelan Marc Media Saturday February 22, 2020  Emerging Designers & Indie Artist    The DC Metropolitan Emerging Designers & Indie Artist showcase took place at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington DC.  This show began at 7pm. The venue for this event was perfect for this fashion show event.  Unless you have a meeting to attend or a wedding, generally the average person will not get a chance to check out some of the most alluring hotels in the Washington DC area so this event without question was a great opportunity for others such as myself to check out the venue! The Savvy Event Guru    Saturday evening's fashion show would not have been complete without the sounds of some extraordinary music talent from Local Music Artist in and around Washington, DC. Artist Ruepratt graced the stage for this DC Fashion Show along with Mr. Brown to name a few. The music was fantastic!  A lot of wonderful talent in Washington, DC.    The Merriam Webster dictionary defines EMERGE as to become, manifest; become known. DC Fashion week offers a platform to emerging designers in Washington, DC.  DCFW provided the opportunity for designers to display their fashion in one of their many shows for the fashion week.  DC Fashion Week dedicates a full fashion show to these great designers.  Guests had the distinct pleasure of viewing designs by African Fiesta Café, EJE Intl Designs, FAM Fashion LLC, Gabby's World and Shey Natividad.    Beautiful fashion indeed and great variety.  This show also was complete with a Cash bar for guests and vendors for shopping before, during and after the show.  Photos by The Savvy Event Guru Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Designer: Gabby with Gabby's World Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Designer: Gabby with Gabby's World Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Designer: Gabby with Gabby's World Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc DCFW Producer & Founder with Designer Gabby Designer Peggy Kankonde, African Fiesta Cafe Designer Peggy Kankonde, African Fiesta Cafe A Finale with a BANG, Sunday February 23, 2020!! The Venue:    The DC Fashion Week Finale Fashion Show Event took place at The Embassy of France, LA Maison Francaise in Washington DC on Sunday, February 23, 2020.  This event began at 5pm.  This Finale event closed out CYCLE 32 for DC Fashion Week.      When picking a venue for this type of event, its important to think about the type of impact you want this closing event to have on the week as a whole and of course your guests.      As an Event expert, when I look to pick venues for not only my events, but recommendations that I make for my client's events, I am always cognitive of how easy the venue will be for vendors, guests etc. to get to and from. How can we maneuver in and out of the space. Parking is also biggie for me. Where will guest be able to park?      In the past I had the opportunity of attending an event at the Embassy of France, so I was quite prepared for what was in store at this venue.    In my opinion I felt that there was ample parking for this venue and the added security for the venue created an exclusive type of feel for guests and attendees attending this finale Fashion show. The Fashion Show area was dressed in WHITE with a Fashionable backdrop, while decorative lanterns hung from the ceiling. The open lighting in the room bounced off of the ALL-WHITE that clothed the front rows for the fashion show.  The Savvy Event Guru and Designer Danelle Johnson with Tiny House of Fashion    VIP Guests got to experience the FRONT Row first glimpse of the fashion for that evening's show.  Media had the pleasure of viewing the show from the photo pit and a designated area off to the right. This event was complete with a Cash Bar for Guests and vendors for shopping after the finale show.  The HOST for The Finale Show Mr. Guy Lambert and I!      The fashion for the finale show was amazing! Glitz, Ruffles, Tulle, sparkle and glam.  The designers did not disappoint. The designers that hit the stage for the Finale Fashion Show for DC Fashion Week included Corjor International, Eileen Bleyer Millnery, Irina Valery, DAM Fashion, African Fiesta Cafe, Sappe Euro Custom and Dur Doux. Dur Doux also was presented with the 2020 Designer to Watch award that evening.  Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc Photo taken by LEAD Photographer Phelan Marc The Savvy Event Guru and Designer Irina Valery Photo taken by The Savvy Event Guru Overall Experience     As someone who has lived in the DC Metropolitan area for the last 15 years it has been a wonderful experience for me to experience Washington DC from so many different angles. Attending DC Fashion Week has enhanced my knowledge of the Fashion Industry in Washington, DC.      My Overall experience of the events that I attended for DCFW week was great!  Each event I attended was very organized.  The staff were very helpful and I was able to get to my seat with ease. I thoroughly enjoyed each event and look forward to future DC Fashion Weeks.  For More from The Savvy Event Guru check out Our website at and also check us out on THE SAVVY EVENT GURU YouTube Channel at Photo by Ms. Jackie Hicks, Make-up by Letitia Thornhill 
"Be Still and Heal"! - Gigi McMillan           On Saturday, The Savvy Event Guru had the magnificent pleasure of sitting down with Mrs. Gigi McMillan at the Westin Hotel at the National Harbor.  2 ladies who have been trying to get together on several different occasions, finally succeeded in doing so on this day, Sunday, November 25, 2019. When you are ready the Teacher will appear! - Stephanie White ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Interview:  The Savvy Event Guru: Thank you so very much for meeting me today!  I am so glad that we were able to finally get together! Gig McMillan:  You are so welcome!  Me as well! The Savvy Event Guru: Okay, so lets get started.  In your own words.....Who is Gigi McMillan?  Gigi McMillan: Gigi McMillan is a Mother, a Wife, a Sister, a Friend; I am someone who pours into others and myself as well.  I am a person who sets boundaries and I reject bad energy.  I am a woman who has to feel what I am doing in order to give it to the WORLD and each day I am learning more about this wonderful Woman, that I am becoming The Savvy Event Guru: Okay wonderful answer! Next, What Inspires Gigi McMillan?  Gigi McMillan: Hmmm...What inspires me is seeing people grow.  I get inspired when I see people get to a place where they understand their VALUE. What also gives me inspiration and inspires me, is my ability to get up each morning and prior to hitting the floor running, I stop and take time out for me, asking myself the question "How am I feeling today"? This question allows me to center myself and then I able to get my day started! The Savvy Event Guru: Wow, that is amazing!  I love this!  I feel like more of us need to take that moment each day to check on ourselves.  I think the day would run a lot smoother if we did more reflective time for ourselves. The Savvy Event Guru: So getting to my next question, How did the purple runway fashion show come about? Gigi McMillan: So prior to everything transpiring with The Purple Runway, I was working as a Director of Administration and Operations for a Charter School in Washington, DC. At this time I was opening up a new Charter School and I was good at what I was doing. I was exceeding the expectations of my boss and I had the reputation of getting things done and getting them done right. BUT that was not enough for me. Though I looked good on the outside, I didn't feel that way on the inside and I was ready for a new journey!  I left Corporate America in 2012. Gigi McMillan: I had launched Kamisol Accessories in 2007, but at the time we only had Handbags and Jewelry.  It wasn't until 2012 right after I quiet my corporate job, that I began Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. Gigi McMillan: 2014 was when THE PURPLE RUNWAY fashion show event began.  As mentioned before, I always looked good on the outside but unbeknownst to others, the inside of me was messed up. That THING, that was centered around DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, that thing, that was messing me up on the inside needed to come out! I wanted to do something that had meaning to me! I love style and fashion, so it made since for me to do a fashion show!  I wanted to do something that combined what I love and what I've been through in my past. During the cultivating stages of this event what came to me was "You Have to Heal", Be Still and Heal'. I then asked God what does that mean?  I knew then that I needed to heal from the hurt that had not been addressed. And what better way to do this then to join together a CAUSE and my LOVE for Style and Passion for Fashion.  It made sense for me to put together a fashion show during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Savvy Event Guru: What experience or tragedy did you experience that lead you to create The Purple Runway? Gigi McMillan: Growing up, my parents were AMAZING!!  I was born in Prince George's Hospital here in Prince George's County Maryland. I was a Army brat, so my family moved around a lot, everywhere from London to New Mexico. My dad always instilled in me confidence and my dad always told that I was beautiful so I believed I was beautiful, but he also wanted me to have something more than just beauty, so he would ask me, What else do you have"? What skills and other abilities do you have? I admired my father and mother for preparing me for the world, but I know, they never thought that they would have to prepare me for this!   Gigi McMillan: I never saw abuse as a child and so I was naïve to what abuse looked like and I was also naïve to the fact that people who said I love you would also abuse you.  I was prepared for most things and situations in life, but I wasn't prepared for the VULTURES and how they would manipulate me. At the tender age of 7 years old, I was abused by someone very close to my family.  This abuse went on for 2 years.  My INNOCENCE was stolen!! At the time I don't think I quite knew what was happening, I just didn't want it to happen to anyone else.  As time went on, due to my lack of self worth, at the age of 19 years old, I ventured into a mental and emotional abusive relationship and stayed for 2 years; followed by 1-2 more abusive relationships and this was all due to some much need healing that I needed to do and the lack of understanding of my self worth! The Savvy Event Guru: Wow I am so very sorry that you experienced this Gigi.  A child should always be protected and a child should never experience something like this that is so life altering and could ultimately change the course of their life. No Man or Woman should feel that they have the right to abuse anyone. The Savvy Event Guru: This experience, I know ultimately put you on the PATH to healing and to help others who've experienced abuse as well! The Savvy Event Guru: How did you come up with the name "THE PURPLE RUNWAY"?  Gigi McMillan: Originally the name of my show was called " For the Love of Style" Fashion for a Cause for Domestic Violence from 2014-2015.  But then during a brain storming exercise in 2016 we came up with the name "The Purple Runway"!  The Savvy Event Guru: Very Nice!!...This show sounds more like a Movement then just your ordinary fashion show! What do you intend to accomplish with this MOVEMENT? Gigi McMillan: Well The Purple Runway show is an event that happens only once a year, but the NEW ithrive Sisterhood organization that was started is built on authentic connections, women empowering women and unconditional love, which is separate from the Purple Runway but is still part of the same movement.  The ithrive Sisterhood organization is year round and works with women who are on this journey and want to heal from the inside out.  Gigi McMillan: I strongly believe that each person has to find what "Wakes them Up" and it is often times different for each person.  In the ithrive Sisterhood organization we provide healing mechanisms through retreats that involve Dance, Japanese Art form called "Kinsugi" and Art, just to name a few.  We want to provide a safe place for women to continue their healing process.   You, the person, the woman, have to take the lead in your whole healing process.  Gigi McMillan: We are also creating a Movement for the men.  "The Brothers of the Sisterhood". We are looking to possibly begin getting the men involved May or June of next year.  The Savvy Event Guru: Are you currently working on other projects that are related to the same Cause, aside from the ithrive Sisterhood Organization? Gigi McMillan: We are currently working on a Soul Style Series. We are also working on The Purple Runway becoming a non-profit organization.  I definitely want to take the Purple Runway National; we are looking at a City to city tour. With the ithrive Sisterhood Organization, I want to make ithrive a 2-day event around the world, conduct workshops, etc. The Savvy Event Guru: Fantastic! How has the experience of the Purple Runway changed you? Gigi McMillan: The Purple Runway has allowed me to become the person I was born to be.  I am ready to be HER. I have done the work and stripped away all that was not me.  This show has given me the strength to tell my story! To say it loud and clear!  I say to people "If you are asking for permission from others, then you are not ready to SPEAK your Story! The Purple Runway has been a large component in my healing process. Gigi McMillan: I understand FASHION to be my personal message. For so many years fashion was a MASK for me, but not any longer.  My love for fashion is still present but I don't hide behind it. The Savvy Event Guru: Hmmmm wow! MASKS, that's a big one!  A lot of us wear mask to hide how we feel. The Savvy Event Guru: What message do you want to give to someone who has experienced Domestic Violence? Gigi McMillan: I would say "Find Someone you can talk to, someone you trust. Acknowledge the abuse and reach out for help.  Know that you can overcome this. Know that you are more valuable than RUBIES and GOLD. Also find yourself a community!" The Savvy Event Guru: What advice would you give to someone who has experienced Domestic Violence but is afraid to come forward? Gigi McMillan: I would tell them that "People can not help you if they don't know what you are going through. Make a list for yourself! What are the Pros and Cons of leaving and staying in this abusive situation? What will happen if you don't Speak out?" The Savvy Event Guru: That's Powerful!! The Savvy Event Guru: So what's next for The Purple Runway? Gigi McMillan: Definitely the City-to-City tour, starting possibly in New York and California.  For the ithrive Organization we are currently working on an "Anonymous Phone Line" which will be called "National Domestic Violence Registry" that will assist people with prevention.  People will be able to call in and speak with someone immediately. The Savvy Event Guru: Wow!  I have learned so much about you and The Purple Runway today.  Your story is very inspiring. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule today to meet with me.  I greatly appreciate this. Gigi McMillan: You are certainly welcome.  Thank you for capturing my story. Mrs. Gigi Mcmillan and I To Learn more about The Purple Runway please Follow the Purple Runway on Facebook at PURPLE RUNWAY and on Instagram @purplerunway. Also check out the Purple Runway website at  For More from The Savvy Event Guru check out Our website at and also check us out on THE SAVVY EVENT GURU YouTube Channel at Photo by Ms. Jackie Hicks, Make-up by Letitia Thornhill 



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