If cumbersome wings and bedazzled corsets aren’t your thing, plus-size model Khrystyana Kazakova’s “The Real Catwalk” in Times Square was for you.
The Siberia native and former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant came up with the idea of staging a guerrilla-style fashion show as a response to the less-than-inclusive Victoria’s Secret lingerie event.
Kazakova told The Post, “I was talking with my friends like, ‘Oh my gosh, it makes me feel horrible.’ A lot of people feel unattractive after watching it.”
Unlike the grueling castings lithe supermodels have to go through for VS, Kazakova invited participants of all ages, genders and heights to strut via social media. “Everything happens through my Instagram and a WhatsApp group,” she told us before Saturday’s outdoor runway show.
“I know that there are people flying from Italy, London, Melbourne, and Canada,” said Kazakova, 33, who admits to “starting to feel the ageism” in her industry. The Brooklyn-based model hopes there will be a wide age range on Saturday, “I think somebody is trying to bring their mom and grandmothers.”
In the end, over 200 people heeded the blonde bombshell’s call for body positivity.
Plus-size womenswear brands King Size, Swimsuits for All, and Woman Within donated ensembles to the models, who were treated to mimosas and breakfast before their debut in Times Square at noon.
“Celebrating one type of beauty that’s very euro-centric…it becomes difficult to exercise confidence” said Kazakova, stressing that Angels were invited to participate in the “flash-mob-style” show as well, “If a Victoria’s Secret model wants to walk The Real Catwalk, it would be awesome.”
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