Which of these is one of your recurring anxiety dreams: Walking in the middle of Times Square and realizing you’re only in your underwear or having your racy photos surface online for everyone to see? Body-positive model Khrystyana has made it her job to do both.
“Today I faced one of the most terrifying challenges in my history of modeling — to CatWalk Times Square wearing just this,” she wrote on Instagram, where she calls herself an “occasional writer” and poet, in addition to a model. “To think I let so many strangers see my body, my, what some call ‘flaws’ … it was not easy … yet there is a sense of relief, that everything is OKAY within this body that carries cellulite, rolls, stretch marks, lines. This body CAN wear them with loving confidence!”
Anyone who has been to Times Square might wonder what she was so nervous about. What with the Naked Cowboy, the “desnuda” painted ladies, and all the other weirdos of New York City, this should be one of the most comfortable places in the country in which to strip down. In 2013, about 800 people gathered in Times Square to try to break the world record for most number of people in nothing but undies (they failed). Even Michael Keaton strutted past the Elmos and tourists in his briefs there (for a scene in 2015’s Birdman).
Still, for Khrystyana, it’s one thing to bare all in front of a camera, even knowing she has nearly 37,000 Instagram followers, and apparently something else entirely to do it in person. She thanked her followers for lending moral support before she made this video on Wednesday, when the weather was warm enough to make her walk a little more comfortable. In true New York manner, most bystanders seemed give her nothing more than a curious glance or two before going on with their business. They missed a good show.
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