Women often feel like they need to measure up to the image of the “perfect” body that they see in the media.
But body confident activist KhrystyAna is taking a stand against beauty ideals by proving that women of all sizes, shapes and colours are gorgeous.
The 32-year-old New Yorker urged real ladies to strip off to their lingerie and flaunt their figures on the street by creating a runway show in the middle of Times Square.
Spreading body positivity and self-love, KhrystyAna picked a diverse set of models and dubbed it “The Real Catwalk”.
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She told Yahoo Lifestyle: “I’ve been a body positive activist for almost a year now and the more this whole BoPo movement grows, the more creative ideas I get about women empowerment.
“So this #theREALcatwalk was brewing and in discussion for months now, and I’d organised two small scale all-inclusive lingerie runway shows this year, but this time it was different.”
KhrystyAna’s catwalk comes closely after the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – which has been widely criticised for its lack of inclusivity and promotion of one unattainable body type.
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Famed curve model Ashley Graham even took a jibe at the lingerie brand for their failure to cast a plus-size model in the annual show.
KhrystyAna stressed that The Real Catwalk wasn’t anti-Victoria’s Secret but pointed out that the message it promotes is damaging to the female psyche.
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She said: “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, by the overwhelming standard of one kind of beauty.
“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.”