Lynda Erkiletian

Lynda talks about putting together the fashion show.

on Oct 5, 2010

I can’t believe we are nearing the end of Season 1! ONCE AGAIN my blog post is late… I apologize for the last several weeks of late posting, however, my blog is very personal and is not something I want to delegate to someone else. As I have explained earlier, the fall is truly my busiest season, so it is sometimes hard to make time to complete this to my satisfaction on time. Again, I thank you for your patience, in addition to all of your comments, love and support.  Please, continue to follow me on Twitter at THERealLyndaDC and check out my personal website at


Before I get into this week’s episode, I want to give a shout out to Half Yard Productions, the producers of The RHoDC. They have done an exceptional job showcasing the true essence of our nation’s capitol with its majestic monuments and memorials, cultural institutions, embassies and streetscapes. These city vistas are artfully filmed and sure to boost D.C. tourism! Bravo to the production crew! It makes me proud to call D.C. my home.

Fashion in the Nation’s Capitol
As I previously addressed in my blog post dated August 12th, "A Whole New World," “In addition to advertising agencies, department stores, and publications, our clientele also includes Embassies, which makes our agency unique in the industry.” Washington, D.C. is an international city rich in history, art, and culture –- and that includes fashion. This week, you got another look inside my professional life. As an agent, it is my job to provide a service for the client while representing the best interests of our models and stylists. Often times, that includes giving them advice and guidance to be the best they can be.

During the go-see for Burkina Faso, I call a male model out for not cutting his hair as I had previously instructed. His hair looked nothing like his composite card, which means that a client booking based on his pictures alone would be misled. This misrepresentation could result in a cancellation, which would be bad for the client, the model and especially the agency. I may appear critical at times, but I am very passionate about my job and there are many facets to what I do. Whether my talent needs to see a dermatologist or a dentist, hair stylist or nutritionist, I will advise them to consult the experts needed to improve their image.

Gracious Offerings from Burkina Faso
I am honored to have been invited to the Burkina Faso Ambassador’s residence to meet with the ambassador’s wife, Araba Yonli, and designer, Clara Lawson-Ames. I was already impressed by the creative direction undertaken by event planner, Nenye, to showcase Clara’s gorgeous collection and looked forward to learning more. After meeting them and hearing about the women of Burkina Faso who helped create the line, I wanted to support them by wearing one of the remarkable couture designs they had hand-stitched. As a petite woman, I present a challenge to any designer, but Clara was very patient and spent the night before the show helping me find the perfect dress. I felt like a princess going to a ball and I am forever grateful for her kindness and generosity, as well as for opening my eyes to a beautiful and culturally rich part of the world to which I had not previously been exposed.