Body positive activist and model KhrystyAna hosted an impromptu lingerie show over the weekend in New York City’s Times Square. A group of 25 women of diverse body types and skin tones was featured in an event she billed as “The Real Catwalk.” KhrystyAna, 32, said that her guerilla fashion show was a response to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, an event she said promoted an “overwhelming standard of one kind of beauty.”
“[This is] not an anti-Victoria’s Secret Runway Show, it was pro ANYONE can catwalk showcase,” she explained to Yahoo Lifestyle. “This is exactly when so many of us ladies feel so discouraged about our bodies and faces. We look at these beautiful VS models and get deeply affected, sometimes not even consciously … Neglecting to represent the many other types or ideals of beauty can make us feel unattractive, as if we need to change to become more like those girls.”
That didn’t mean that skinny models were excluded from KhrystyAna’s fashion show — instead, she said, she aimed to make the show inclusive of not only “curvy women” but of “every woman — petite, bold, transgender, women in wheel chairs, all different skin tones, very fit, thin, freckles, women with various disabilities.”
“All deserve to be beautiful,” she added.
The event, she reported, turned out to be a huge success. There were “no bullies,” but instead a host of “genuine smiles on women and men watching us do something incredibly vulnerable yet empowering.” Lily Chen, co-founder of lingerie brand Thistle & Spire, was among the crowd to witness “The Real Catwalk,” writing on Instagram that “[the weather] was cold, but my heart was warm surrounded by the fire of all these powerful women.”
Watch a short video of the event, as captured by Chen, below.
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