#MeToo Fashion Show Lets Rape Survivors Tell Their Stories During New York Fashion Week

February 11, 2018  |  

Photo Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Models walk the runway at the #MeToo Fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS 

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.

Models walk the runway at the #MeToo Fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS 

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.

Trending on MadameNoire

Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN