Flaming Hot Cheetos and a Truly Diverse ​Cast Make for an Awesome Chromat Show


Inclusivity is fashion industry buzzword that’s often used but rarely put into practice. Designers may seem like they’re eager to cast a range of models that represent all ages, races, and sizes, but fall short when it’s time to actually do so. Fortunately, Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran has always walked the walk. This season, with the help of casting director Gilleon Smith, McCharen-Tran took things to the next level.

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Inspired by the notion of “escapism” (something many are looking for in our current political climate), plus-size models like Sabina Karlsson and Denise Bidot walked alongside pop star amputee Viktoria Modesta, who wore a transparent prosthesis for her turn on the catwalk. Actress-model Carmen Carrera and choreographer Mia Michaels of So You Think You Can Dance fame also made an appearance.

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Much to show-goers deight, some models stomped the runway in swimwear and carried pool noodles, while others wore jumpsuits and dresses with flaming hot Cheetos strapped to their bodies with bungee cords.

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At any other show none of this would make sense, but McCharen-Tran makes it work, pushing the conversation around what is beautiful (and who gets to decide that) even further.

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