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The Most Body Inclusive NYFW Moments From The Last Decade

The Most Body Inclusive NYFW Moments From The Last Decade

by Rakhee Bhatt

The runways of New York Fashion Week have made increasing strides to become more inclusive with every passing season, with the number of models hailing from diverse cultures, races, genders, orientations, and sizes on the rise. Here, we look back at some of the most body-inclusive moments from the last ten years of NYFW.

Moment: Emme Makes Her NYFW Debut—28 Years After She Started Modeling

Hailed as the first plus-size supermodel, Emme made her NYFW debut for the Spring 2018 Chromat show nearly three decades after she entered the industry.

Moment: Ashley Graham Walked The NYFW Runway Wearing Her Own Body-Inclusive Lingerie Collection For Addition Elle

The model opened and closed the 2015 lingerie show, which she created in partnership with the Canadian plus-size brand in sizes that went to a 3X, 44 band, and H cup.

The Most Body Inclusive NYFW Moments From The Last Decade
Christian Siriano Brings Size-Inclusivity To His Runway Show For The First Time
Moment: Christian Siriano Brings Size-Inclusivity To His Runway Show For The First Time

Since bursting onto the fashion scene in 2008, Siriano has created confections for women of all sizes, but his NYFW Spring 2017 show was the first time the designer featured plus-size models like Georgia Pratt and Sabina Karlsson on the runway.

Moment: Ashley Nell Tipton Shows The First Plus-Size Collection For Project Runway At The NYFW Finale

Tipton’s Spring 2016 collection—the first of its kind in the show’s 14-year history—proved to be a success as she was crowned the winner of the season.

Moment: Candice Huffine Makes Her NYFW Debut For Sophie Theallet

Huffine made her runway premiere sporting a black corset and sheer dress by the designer, for whom the model had previously worked with on the brand’s first ad campaign.

The Most Body Inclusive NYFW Moments From The Last Decade
Chromat Sends Diverse Models Down The Finale Walk Wearing T-Shirts That Read “Sample Size.”
Moment: Chromat Sends Diverse Models Down The Finale Walk Wearing T-Shirts That Read “Sample Size.”

Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran, who has been a prominent figure in the shift towards more inclusivity in the fashion industry, ended her Spring 2019 show with many of the models sporting the white and black crew neck tees, stating on Twitter that, “Every size is Sample Size.”

Moment: Rihanna Brings Immersive And Inclusive Lingerie Collection To NYFW

The multi-hyphenate’s Savage x Fenty show served as the grand finale of Spring 2019 NYFW, where models of varying body types and skin tones were featured—including pregnant model Slick Woods who went into labor after the show—wearing the size-inclusive lingerie collection.

Moment: Beth Ditto Walks In The Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 Show

While this wasn’t the indie music singer’s first time on the runway (she had previously opened and closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2011 show for Paris Fashion Week), Ditto’s walk for Marc Jacobs featured the musician wearing a silky white gown and boa alongside models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

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