Curve Haitian-American model Saje Nicole stuns on the New York Fashion Week runway – Gadget Clock
NEW YORK (CBS New York) — A Haitian-American model, who is breaking barriers in the fashion industry, made her debut at New York Fashion Week on Sunday.
CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon told her about her life-changing experience.
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Walking the runway is something Saje Nicole has dreamed of hundreds of times. That dream came true when she headlined the Hard Soft show at Bryant Park.
” I feel good. I thought I was going to be a lot more nervous, but I came here and had fun,” Nicole said.
At 5ft 8in and a size 10, Nicole says it took years of struggle to reach this milestone, which makes the accomplishment all the more enjoyable.
“I was trying to lose this weight to be here and now I’m here in a nice size 10, you know, and it’s great. The clothes fit me well and everyone loved it and people said it was nice to see a plump woman on the catwalk, so it feels really good,” Nicole said.
Dur Doux, the laid-back luxury brand, is run by mother-daughter duo Najla and Cynthia Burt. They say it was important to feature a diverse set of models in the show.
“There are so many beautiful women in the world, and why not be able to show their beauty. And it’s not just about their race; it’s also a matter of size,” added Najla Burt.
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“We are a brand. We make clothes for women, not just tall, thin women, all women,” said Cynthia Burt.
Sunday’s accomplishment is just one of many for Nicole. Last year, she became the first Haitian-American model to feature in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit problem.
Being what she calls a black curve model, Nicole says it wasn’t until she started embracing who she was that success came.
“Once I said, you know what? This is who I am. I will allow myself to bend and whatever happens happens. And that’s where it all started to line up, so there are struggles. Lots of noes, but all you need are those few big yeses,” Nicole said.
Nicole has a message for any young person who dreams of being a model: don’t give up on your goals or aspirations because the industry is changing.
“Don’t worry about who says what. What you see in front of you, if you want it, is already yours. So dream big and be bold,” Nicole said.
The young model said her goal now is to help change the perception of beauty, one runway at a time.
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CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report.
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