Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Allen, T’nisha Fifita, Nicole Spruill, and Nikol Davis.
Lauren, T’nisha, Nicole, and Nikol, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We are One Strut: Lauren Allen, T’nisha Fifita, Nicole Spruill, and Nikol Davis! We are all professional runway models who have graced runways internationally and around the country, and share a love for runway choreography. Hailing from Florida, Connecticut, and Los Angeles, we all met in 2007 while modeling in a traveling runway troupe where we were able to develop our runway choreography skills and relationships with designers and other industry professionals. This troupe dissolved when the founder passed away, but our love of the craft only grew.
Since 2007, we’ve walked together in runway shows and fashion weeks in Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and more. Individually, we’ve also developed our behind the scenes presence through fashion show and event production, fashion design, model training, and photoshoot direction.
We said for years that we would start a new troupe to keep runway choreography alive, so in 2017 we created One Strut Runway Entertainment Group, and the journey has been amazing!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road hasn’t been smooth, but most of life’s greatest gifts don’t come easy. Our journey is about passion, perseverance, and persistence. In an industry dominated by young, thin, Caucasian girls, we’re a group of curvy, mature, Black women. We are not the industry’s idea of high fashion.
Additionally, there are a lot of people who strongly oppose runway choreography. They see it as unprofessional or old-fashioned. We see it as an entertaining way to highlight designer garments in how they will be worn in life, with movement. Plus, we know from 50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair that there’s absolutely a market for our niche craft.
So, we continue to fight for our place. One Strut is here to stay, and we’re breaking beauty standards, busting through closed doors, and creating our own path to the top!
Please tell us about One Strut Runway Entertainment Group.
One Strut Runway Entertainment Group is a runway entertainment troupe that specializes in runway choreography with rhythmic flair! We are all professional runway models who accompany our synchronized steps with strong, couture runway walks.
We are NOT a dance troupe! We may incorporate a few dance moves within our choreography but are modeling in each performance, highlighting each garment to the fullest. We bring the class with a dash of sass!
We pride ourselves in our versatility. Our performances are catered to the client, which can range from light to heavy choreography, and various genres of music. We also recognize that we are representing beauty not often seen on major fashion platforms, and One Strut is truly blazing a path for other out of the box beauty to be appreciated. This was especially highlighted when one of our choreography videos went viral on social media this year. We received an influx of messages, comments, and videos from women around the world, sharing how we have influenced and inspired them. We got messages from as far as Africa and Sri Lanka! That was when we realized that this movement is bigger than One Strut, people are looking for what we give!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If we had the chance to do it all again, we definitely would! However, we likely would have started earlier and would have had better communication. We’ve been friends for 10+ years, but this is our first joint business endeavor. So, it took us a while to learn each other’s business styles, and the best ways to communicate.
- Website: www.onestrut.com
- Phone: 323.379.3034
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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