The #MeToo Movement took center stage during New York Fashion Week as women strutted down the catwalk and told their stories of sexual assault.
The survivors first took the stage to show off their fancy garbs. they then came back handcuffed to men wearing pig masks. They commanded the attention of the crowd as they gave brief descriptions of the rape and assault they encountered.
One of the survivors in the show was Alicia Kozakiewicz, who gained international attention in 2002 when she was abducted at age 13 by a 38-year-old man who befriended her online while pretending to be her age.
The nonprofit fashion show was created by Myriam Chalek, creative director of fashion website American Wardrobe. Chalek’s goal was to raise awareness about sexual misconduct.
“I don’t think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess I’ve done my part, ” Chalek told Reuters. “A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable.”
Eight survivors participated in the show.