Models Of All Sizes Gather Together On Body Positive Catwalk At Times Square

The image of ‘body perfection’ which society inculcates into the young ladies is as hilarious as it is unfair. Young girls are immersed in the belief that if you’re not a stick-figure Barbie doll, then you have no place on any runway. A lot of women have lost their lives and sanities to this n...
The image of ‘body perfection’ which society inculcates into the young ladies is as hilarious as it is unfair. Young girls are immersed in the belief that if you’re not a stick-figure Barbie doll, then you have no place on any runway.
Models Of All Sizes Gather Together On Body Positive Catwalk At Times Square
A lot of women have lost their lives and sanities to this norm. Many have died of anorexia and bulimia, life-threatening eating disorders they developed while trying to slim down to a size 1. Fat reduction surgeries have also taken their own share of women’s lives. Sometimes, girls start as early as the age of 8 to worry about their size. Everyone always has something to snide to say about her big-bodied frame, and she grows up with the mentality that she’s the opposite of what a perfect lady should be.

Social media has caused a lot of plus-size women to spiral into depression, self-harm, and self-hatred. Trolls will always have a few words by way of body-shaming to type in the comment section.

One of the major contributors to this thwarted perception of the perfect body image is the fashion industry. For decades now, modeling agencies have set the standards for body perfection. Society has wasted no time in imbibing these standards into the heads of every female. If any woman wants to make it to the level of “super-model”, then she has to be a non-ice-cream eating size zero, lest she’ll have a thin flap of flesh somewhere.

This has led to the inception of several pageantries and modeling shows such as “Miss Plus-size” and “Miss Curvy”. These initiatives are good, but it still doesn’t change the fact that in the real, fast-paced, honest-to-goodness world of modeling, plus-size women still have no place.
Models Of All Sizes Gather Together On Body Positive Catwalk At Times Square

The Real Catwalk

Victoria’s Secret was in for a ride when 33-year-old Siberian model, Khrystyana Kazakova decided to stage something she called “The Real Catwalk”, at Times Square New York. The former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant had models of all sizes walk down the tiled runway in hot lingerie, a gesture aimed at making a loud statement at the hotshots of the fashion industry.

Khrystyana is around a size 12, and while speaking to New York Post about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, she said: “I was talking with my friends like, ‘Oh my gosh, it makes me feel horrible.’ A lot of people feel unattractive after watching it.”

Victoria’s Secret has only the thinnest of models walking up and down the runway at every event, and despite all the criticism they’ve received for decades now, they are not backing down on their stand. Khrystyana was inspired by their narrow selection horizons to create her own fashion show. The plus-size women who walked the runway at her show were absolutely gorgeous and stunning. Nothing could stop them. They weren’t just catwalking – they were soaring through the tiles.

Age is just a number

Khrystyana was also trying to make a point about the age factor in the industry. Older models are not usually given chances in the top shows. This causes women to feel as though their value, importance, and quality reduces as they get older. It’s sickening the way the fashion industry is playing horrific tricks on the minds of millions of women worldwide. She had over 200 women out in the view of the world, showing how much they love their bodies and wouldn’t change it for any hotshot fashion contracts .

“Everything happens through my Instagram and a WhatsApp group,” she explained. “I know that there are people flying from Italy, London, Melbourne, and Canada. I think somebody is trying to bring their moms and grandmothers.”

Plus-size brands such as King Size, Swimsuits for All, Roaman’s and Woman Within handed out free lingerie to the models, while they received a special breakfast before the showdown at noon.

“Celebrating one type of beauty that’s very Euro-centric … it becomes difficult to exercise confidence. If a Victoria’s Secret model wants to walk The Real Catwalk, it would be awesome,” Khrystyana said.