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New York fashion show to highlight #MeToo movement

From Reuters - February 9, 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inspired by a social media campaign aimed at exposingwidespread sexual assault and harassment in U.S. life, a fashion show on Friday will have a #MeToo theme and feature models who share their stories on the runway.

The #MeToo Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week is the brainchild of Myriam Chalek, creative director of American Wardrobe, who wanted to use her label as a platform to benefit women.

I dont think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess Ive done my part. A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable, Chalek told Reuters in an interview.

While the show will feature American Wardrobe fashions, Chalek said the event is nonprofit. The models are victims or survivors of sexual assault and harassment who will tell their stories from the catwalk, she said.

Among them will be Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was abducted in 2002 near her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a man who had groomed her online, a case that made international headlines as one of the first such kidnappings of the Internet age.

Kozakiewicz, who also is known as Alicia Kozak, is now a motivational speaker.

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