Standing at a statuesque 5’10” tall and wearing a size 9.5 shoe has not always been a comfortable thing for 17-year-old Megan Stanley of Newtown. Growing up as one of the taller girls amongst her peers, and towering over the boys, Megan, a junior at Council Rock North, felt uncomfortable with her height. That is, until she entered a “Be a Model for a Day” contest in April 2013 at the King of Prussia Mall. Although she did not win the contest, she did get signed by Wilhelmina, one of the largest and most successful modeling agencies in the world.
Overnight, Megan was introduced to the world of fashion and glamour. Sent by Wilhelmina for a ‘go see’ in SoHo New York, she learned how to navigate around New York City. Megan recently participated in the prestigious Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Square. There she walked for, and donned the latest fashions from, two up-and-coming designers, Furne One by Amato and Altaf Maaneshia. Denise Stanley, Megan’s supportive mom, is caught up in the thrill of all that has transpired for her daughter. She said that on Altaf Maaneshia’s Facebook page he has posted a video of Fashion Week in which Megan can be seen walking and modeling the designer’s clothes.
Megan also participated in Philadelphia Fashion Week 2014, where she wore the designs of Dom Streater, the first African American winner on the TV show Project Runway.
Flashback to a time before Megan appreciated her tall and svelte body, and was just a typical, suburban teen shopping in New Hope. While browsing in Three Crane Gallery a couple of years ago, she was approached by the owners asking her if she modeled and, if so, would she like to model for them. Megan quickly dismissed the thought and went on her way. Now, empowered with a newfound confidence, interest, and experience in modeling, she recently contacted the owners of Three Crane Gallery to see if they were still interested in her. And interested they were…they needed a model for their website! There you can see Megan modeling Mudmee Tie Dye clothes, a method of tie dying from Thailand.
While interviewing Megan, I asked her which models she most admires. Having so many favorites she was unable to pinpoint one, but said that her ultimate career aspiration is to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel. While only a junior in high school, Megan is considering a gap year of modeling after graduation to see where this path may lead. As far as college, she has a strong interest in design. These two areas go hand in hand and promise to keep Megan in the fast-paced world of fashion and glamour.
PHOTO CAP: Megan Stanley on the runway. Photo by Denise Stanley.