The beauty about the body positivity movement is that at the heart of it, it's all about inclusion.
“Body positivity to me means full on inclusivity — it’s not just about curvy women, but about every woman — petite, bold, transgender, women in wheel chairs, all different skin tones, very fit, thin, freckles, women with various disabilities — ALL deserve to feel beautiful,” KhrystyAna told Yahoo!.
Yes. A resounding, proud and loud yes.
KhrystyAna knew that if she couldn't include everyone, she didn't want to put the show on.
“I didn’t want to make it just about the curvier women, and I would only go full out organizing like this if I knew it was ALL inclusive,” she said.
It’s very easy to fall into the societal norms of only thinking one type of person is beautiful. It’s a battle women continue to fight through the years.
The turn out was truly incredible, and lived up to what KhrystyAna hoped it would be.
“There will be transgender women, women of different ages and sexual orientation, full made up face and some with no make up, waxed or unwaxed legs, vegans, and carnivores,” KhrystyAna wrote on Instagram when promoting the show a few days before. And there were tons of excited and supportive onlookers,” she said.
How could anyone not stop and support such an amazing scene?
Not only were the spectators moved and encouraged, but those who participated in the event were equally astounded.
“I am able to stand here today because of the women in my life. I grew up depressed & considered taking my life in my early twenties. I finally chose to be happy by following the lead of women in my life,” one model wrote in an Instagram caption.
The success will hopefully pave way for more in the future.
“We hope this is not the last #theRealCatwalk we do,” KhrystyAna says. “I’ve been getting messages from women from various countries requesting to do this in their cities. The truth is, anyone can do it. It’s for all women!”
She’s an inspiring trailblazer, and the world better be ready to handle whatever she has next.