‘Real’ women show up in droves to counter Victoria’s Secret, conduct ‘flash-mob-style’ fashion show in Times Square

While some might argue that there’s a little too much “self love” going on here, a plus size model offered a counter to this year’s Victoria’s Secret lingerie event.

Khrystyana Kazakova, a Siberia native and former “America’s Next Top Model,” contestant set up “The Real Catwalk” in Times Square, presenting what was characterized by the New York Post as “a guerrilla-style fashion show.”

Kazakova shared a few images on Instagram.

A partial caption from one photo said: “Every one of us is on our individual path of self love and self expression, and I am happy that this platform that we collectively created serves as a safe space and home for us to just be, celebRate our being.”


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Ok .. sharing these last ones for today !!!! Way more to come tomorrow. First pic is me surrounded with the real cat walk show openers and closers ??? .#therealcatwalk veterans @seanasteele and @couvertier_louis both doing the show for the 3rd time. They strut it when it was 7 of us.. later with 34 of us and now over 200 more of us! This LOVE we are expressing is contagious !!! Every one of us is on our individual path of self love and self expression, and I am happy that this platform that we collectively created serves as a safe space and home for us to just be, celebRate our being. Yesterday’s real catwalk was opened by @iamjarijones , whom I kept running into over #nyfw months and who impressed me with her beautiful kind energy !!! —- special thanks to two incredible people behind the scenes @kristyn.elyse and @dyacyk ( of course many of of you amazing souls I will continue to list ) for putting so much work into making this happen! Also thank you @norahlovesmakeup_mua for my makeup , I usually look like a hot mess that didn’t sleep for days planning the event !!! PAhhh u saved me!!! Thank you @swimsuitsforall for giving me your swimsuit and @ellosusa for the red jacket !!! And @pacificabeauty for sending gifts to our models !!! Im so thankful and can’t wait to share more of the images with you (these pics are from @hollygotgrace ) !!!! #togetherwestrut #timessquare #models #together#onelove#people#onefamily#oneworld#bikini#show#fashionshow#loveyou#loveeachother#kindness l#inclusivity #therealcatwalk #catwalk (help me TAG the models PLEASE by typing in CAPITAL to T A G then if I missed anyone you know )

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Victoria Secret models are ever so thin, and Kazakova said this makes the average person feel unattractive.

“I was talking with my friends like, ‘Oh my gosh, it makes me feel horrible.’ A lot of people feel unattractive after watching it.”

Kazakova told the Post that women flew in from around the world to participate in the flash-mob-style event. “I know that there are people flying from Italy, London, Melbourne, and Canada,” said Kazakova, 33, said.  “I think somebody is trying to bring their mom and grandmothers.”

Countering the rigid competition and standards super models must endure to be selected, Kazakova opened her event up to all comers.

…and it showed.


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SO! As a proper ESL person … learning English is great but sometimes i make up words to express what I want to say and somehow you still understand me… thus these series I want to name a new word … you know how there are words like Sisterhood and Brotherhood (all great words)… but I wanted a word that could express what it means to be a part of this togetherness .. —- “ A SIBLINGHOOD” —- a word that includes all genders :))) yes yes ???? … ( I know some of you will think that the word SIBlings speaks to me because of the first 3 letters to remind me of my home SIB-eria … who knows ?) thoughts ????? therealcatwalk with the eyes of @hollygotgrace #beauties #models #strut#together#onelove#laughter#happyfaces#onelife#oneworld#togetherness#supermodels#runway#beauty#love#inclusivity#diversity#life#madeoflove HELP ME TAG ALL the MODELS bY TYPING IN CAPITAL to tag a person Tag them and which photo please !! I want everyone to be credited

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And while it’s a tough call, a sampling of what was took place on the actual runway seemed to edge out the guerrilla-style fashion show outside:


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