A 10-year-old drag kid, breast cancer survivors, plus more inclusive modeling moments at NYFW

NYFW is in full swing and this season might have the most inclusive model casts yet.

On Sunday,  lingerie label, AnaOno collaborated with #Cancerland for an empowering fashion show that featured real women who were also breast cancer survivors. The designer behind the brand, Dana Donofree is known for providing women who have undergone a mastectomy, breast reconstruction or breast surgery an option for comfortable bras and other lingerie, that not only fit, but make them feel sexy. At the show, a few of the women proudly showed off their breast scars while strutting the catwalk in a powerful display of courage, bravery, and survival.

That same day, 10 year-old drag kid, “Desmond the Amazing” (his real name is Desmond Napoles) stole the show at Gypsy Sport‘s runway show. The young drag kid had his hair frosted and slicked down. He wore a an oversized black blazer with an Elizabethan style ruffled neck. The sleeves were editorialized, scrunched up and his waist cinched by a wide black band. Every glide he strut on the catwalk was made with intention and style. A skill he closely studied beforehand by watching old ’90s Anna Sui runway videos in a statement to The Cut. But at only 10, Napoles has not only walked in his first major fashion show, he is also the founder of Haus of Amazing, “the first and only drag house for kids.” Napoles first rose to prominence in 2015 after he was spotted dancing and twirling in a rainbow tutu dress at the NYC Pride Parade. In 2017, he “slayed” the runway at RuPaul’s DragCon. Now, in 2018 Napoles was modeled the Gypsy Sport runway alongside an inclusive cast with Shannon & Shannade Clermont, gender fluid model Jazzelle, plus size models, and more.

A few days prior, Telfar Clemens broke tradition with a “concert” in lieu of a runway show made up of all-black musicians: Dev Hynes, Ian Isiah, Selah Marley, Kelela, Kelsey Lu, and Angel who modeled the clothes while performing. “We are not alone in questioning the show and season systems — so we are using fashion week to start to define something that can break free from it and be suited specifically to our vision. For us, this means working collaboratively with musicians and artists — not in the sense of “endorsement” and celebrity BS, but in a truly creative way to start figuring out a different cultural platform,” Clemens tells i-D.

The clothes were deemed unisex, something Clemens also has been implementing since the early 2000s before many designers embraced it. But it wasn’t until 2017 that Clemens became formally recognized by Vogue and much of the industry after winning the prestigious CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund.

The runner up in the competition to Clemens was Becca McCharren-Tran, of Chromat who also staged her fashion show the same day with an incredible display of women of all colors, size, and shapes—something McCharren-Tran, too, has been doing for quite some time. In her show, a woman with visible breast scars displayed her chest proudly, cinching her green caftan dress together to expose her scars. Mia Michaels, famed dance choreographer of So You Think You Can Dance made a surprise appearance showing off her curves in a black-and-red-color-block dress. The show also included an amputee and a hijabi model.

PH5 also cast a mix of real women, including two girls from the Girls Who Code program, an NICU nurse, a sculptor, and more.

Though, It was only a matter of time before New York Men’s Fashion Week followed in the footsteps of Fashion Week when it comes to inclusivity.

The fall 2018 Fashion Week: Men’s got off to a great start thanks to a handful of labels. Krammer & Stoudt’s Autumn/Winter 18 collection was inspired by two people, according to the New York Times: playwright Sam Shepard and Terra Juano, a model known on Instagram as TJ or Skinnybonejones.

And while Krammer & Stoudt’s show was a part of Men’s Fashion Week, there were no men in this show. And no women, either. Married couple Mike Rubin and Courtenay Nearburg made a revolutionary move to cast only nonbinary models in their show. Their soft yet rugged, stylish while still practical designs hung from the bodies of genderless figures: a model with short cropped blond hair looking dapper in a blue velvet suit, a model with a short Afro in a kimono-style robe, hats of all sizes atop shaved heads. Along with Terra Juano were gender-fluid and Instagram-famous models, such as Madison Paige, Rain Dove, and Merika Palmiste.

And while seeing such feminine figures in a men’s fashion show could be distracting, after a few looks, onlookers stopped seeing gender altogether. It was just beautiful people in beautiful clothing.

Willy Chavarria, a queer Chicano designer known for his streetwear-inspired collection infused with a bit of punk and edge, staged a show with a similarly nontraditional cast. Always one to shake things up, Chavarria cast a diverse array of models for this show. Owning the runway in “protective, comfortable clothing,” as Chavarria describes the collection, were an amputee, a woman, “real people” sprinkled in with professional models, and a baby.

And it’s become somewhat of a trend.  ASOS staged a formal show during NYFW for the first time, debuting its autumn-winter 2018 menswear collection. Rather than using traditional models, “ASOS cast some of its favorite guys, who continue to inspire the brand with their talent and passion across a range of industries, including fashion, food, music, and social activism,” the company wrote in a press release. Not all of these men were models, like Adam Eli Werner, a queer activist and writer, who looked sleek in a black button-down and shiny light pants.

Meanwhile, women’s fashion continues to strive for greater diversity. Fashion label Teatum Jones is known for casting paralympians and amputees, and the September 2017 New York Fashion Week was the most diverse one yet. Not only did we see more plus models on the runways than in any other year in NYFW’s history, but we saw plus-exclusive shows like Addition Elle and Torrid, and queer fashion showcases like Dapper Q.

We can’t wait to see how NYFW in 2018 continues to unfold and add to the inclusive fashion conversation.

Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:

 Everything you need to know about the amputee model in the new inclusive ASOS campaign
 Is the term ‘skinny’ outdated?
 What it’s like to break into plus-size modeling, from 4 women doing it now

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<p>The models and breast cancer survivors in the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty) </p>
AnaOno

The models and breast cancer survivors in the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model wears a black bra, panty, and sheer robe at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty) </p>
AnaOno

Model wears a black bra, panty, and sheer robe at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model wears a one shoulder dress to show off one breast that is covered in a floral pink tattoo at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty) </p>
AnaOno

Model wears a one shoulder dress to show off one breast that is covered in a floral pink tattoo at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model wears a racer neck bra top and pink lined black panties at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty) </p>
AnaOno

Model wears a racer neck bra top and pink lined black panties at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty)

<p>A model wears a black bra and bottom set at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty) </p>
AnaOno

A model wears a black bra and bottom set at the AnaOno x #Cancerland show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Gender fluid model Vincent Beier walked in the Prabal Gurung FW18 show alongside top models, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham and more. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Vincent Beier

Gender fluid model Vincent Beier walked in the Prabal Gurung FW18 show alongside top models, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham and more. (Photo: Getty)

<p>A plus size model wears a black crystel embroidered dress at the Christian Siriano FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Christian Siriano

A plus size model wears a black crystel embroidered dress at the Christian Siriano FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Curvy actress and star in <em>Orange is the New Black</em> dazzles in a vibrant blue gown at the Christian Siriano FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Danielle Brooks

Curvy actress and star in Orange is the New Black dazzles in a vibrant blue gown at the Christian Siriano FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>A male model wears an iridescent blazer and short set at the Christian Siriano FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Christian Siriano

A male model wears an iridescent blazer and short set at the Christian Siriano FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Desmond Napoles walks in his first major fashion show for Gypsy Sport. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Desmond the Amazing

Desmond Napoles walks in his first major fashion show for Gypsy Sport. (Photo: Getty)

<p>The twin models walk at the Gypsy Sport FW18 show wearing silver can dresses. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Shannon & Shannade Clermont

The twin models walk at the Gypsy Sport FW18 show wearing silver can dresses. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Plus size models walk at the Gypsy Sport FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Gypsy Sport

Plus size models walk at the Gypsy Sport FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>The inclusive model cast at the Gypsy Sport FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Gypsy Sport

The inclusive model cast at the Gypsy Sport FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>The all black model cast at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Pyer Moss

The all black model cast at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model wears boxy cropped leather jacket and jumpsuit at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Pyer Moss

Model wears boxy cropped leather jacket and jumpsuit at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model wears a blush pink western embroidered shirt with patches at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Pyer Moss

Model wears a blush pink western embroidered shirt with patches at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model wears a hunter green coat, black top, and tan trousers at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Pyer Moss

Model wears a hunter green coat, black top, and tan trousers at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model wears a canary yellow gown at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Pyer Moss

Model wears a canary yellow gown at the Pyer Moss FW18 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Telfar’s all-black musician cast take the stage for Telfar’s Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Telfar

Telfar’s all-black musician cast take the stage for Telfar’s Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Musicians wear designs from Telfar’s fall collection, including a black dress, crop top, red jacket, flare jeans, and leather & denim hybrid jeans. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Telfar

Musicians wear designs from Telfar’s fall collection, including a black dress, crop top, red jacket, flare jeans, and leather & denim hybrid jeans. (Photo: Getty)

<p>The concert stage for the Telfar Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Telfar

The concert stage for the Telfar Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Mia Michaels, dance choreographer for<em> So You Think You Can Dance,</em> models for Chromat’s Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Chromat

Mia Michaels, dance choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance, models for Chromat’s Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Model with visible breast scars wears a green netted dress with orange rope details and orange bikini bottom for Chromat’s Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Chromat

Model with visible breast scars wears a green netted dress with orange rope details and orange bikini bottom for Chromat’s Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>Amputee model wears a pink and black scuba dress for Chromat’s Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty) </p>
Chromat

Amputee model wears a pink and black scuba dress for Chromat’s Fall 2018 show. (Photo: Getty)

<p>PH5’s model cast included girls from Girls Who Code, a nurse, a sculptor and more. (Photo:courtesy of PH5) </p>
PH5

PH5’s model cast included girls from Girls Who Code, a nurse, a sculptor and more. (Photo:courtesy of PH5)

<p>Male model wears a silvery shimmery top, sequin trousers and silver booties at the Milly Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Courtesy of Greg Kessler) </p>
Milly

Male model wears a silvery shimmery top, sequin trousers and silver booties at the Milly Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Courtesy of Greg Kessler)

<p>Older female model wears a bell sleeve dress at the Collina Strada Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Jonathan Hokklo) </p>
Collina Strada

Older female model wears a bell sleeve dress at the Collina Strada Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Jonathan Hokklo)

<p>Older male model wears a yellow robe and leopard trousers at the Collina Strada Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Jonathan Hokklo) </p>
Collina Strada

Older male model wears a yellow robe and leopard trousers at the Collina Strada Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Jonathan Hokklo)

<p>Older female model wears leopard zip jacket and trouser set at the Collina Strada Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Jonathan Hokklo) </p>
Collina Strada

Older female model wears leopard zip jacket and trouser set at the Collina Strada Fall/Winter 2018 show. (Photo: Jonathan Hokklo)

<p>A model in a black beanie, plaid coat, and navy shirt and trousers at the Krammer and Stoudt runway show (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Krammer and Stoudt

A model in a black beanie, plaid coat, and navy shirt and trousers at the Krammer and Stoudt runway show (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Model wears a color-block coat, plaid shirt, and navy trousers at the Krammer and Stoudt runway show. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Krammer and Stoudt

Model wears a color-block coat, plaid shirt, and navy trousers at the Krammer and Stoudt runway show. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Model holding a baby at the Willy Chavarria show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Willy Chavarria

Model holding a baby at the Willy Chavarria show during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>An amputee model at the Willy Chavarria show. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Willy Chavarria

An amputee model at the Willy Chavarria show. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>A model in a button-down shirt and made to look like she’d been crying on the Willy Chavarria runway. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Willy Chavarria

A model in a button-down shirt and made to look like she’d been crying on the Willy Chavarria runway. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>A model in a sweatshirt on the runway at the Willy Chavarria show. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Willy Chavarria

A model in a sweatshirt on the runway at the Willy Chavarria show. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>A model in a belted trench coat walks the Willy Chavarria runway. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Willy Chavarria

A model in a belted trench coat walks the Willy Chavarria runway. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>A model in a winter coat on the runway at Willy Chavarria. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Willy Chavarria

A model in a winter coat on the runway at Willy Chavarria. (Photo: Getty Images)

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