Models Of All Shades And Sizes Walked The Catwalk For Rihanna, But Two Stole The Show

"I'll always celebrate women in all of their journeys."

It was brilliant to see some of the fashion shows at New York Fashion Week celebrating diversity in different ways. The Claudia Li show made an important point about stereotypes by casting 35 Asian models in its first runway show. The Texture on The Runway show was a tribute to natural hair. Meanwhile, Lily Aldridge walked the runway five-months pregnant at the Brandon Maxwell show.

Rihanna's Savage x Fenty show helped end NYFW on a high note with its own diverse casting.

When Rihanna launched her Savage x Fenty lingerie line, it was praised for being size inclusive. The brand's mission is to disrupt the fashion world "with a full size range, tonal hues designed to highlight all skin tones, and diverse models cast from around the world," and to give women products they feel confident in.

In terms of sizing, bras are available from a 32A to 44DD, while underwear is available in sizes XS to 3X. The ethos was represented on the runway with women of all shapes and sizes hitting the runway.

Like Brandon Maxwell, Rihanna also cast two pregnant models in the influential show.

The Savage x Fenty show kicked off with a performance featuring expectant model Janina Thompson, who — while clad in a sheer bodysuit and coordinating gloves — she danced on the runway.

Model Slick Woods also walked the runway with her baby bump on full display. She wore nipple pasties and a bodysuit with cutouts. 

In addition to the show being a celebration of womanhood, it helps to do away with stereotypes of what pregnant women should wear and how they should act. 

It shows that they can be sexy, fierce, and powerful.

Slick Woods previously showcased her burgeoning baby bump on the influential September 2018 issue of Elle UK

Rihanna explained to E! the importance of casting pregnant models in her show. "Women are the strongest people on earth. Our bodies alone are made to do so many different things and they're designed in so many different unique ways. If you have the blessing to be able to bring life into this world it should be celebrated as well," she said.

She continued, "I'm never going to tell a woman she can't have [a] job with me because I can't have a pregnant lady [modeling] lingerie or makeup. I'll always celebrate women in all of their journeys." 

(H/T: Harper's Bazaar)

Cover Image: Andrea Raffin /


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