SHOWTIME: Issues are slowly altering on this planet of lingerie.
On Tuesday, French intimates model Etam staged its annual dwell present on the Roland Garros tennis court docket in Paris. Expectations have been excessive.
“The runway is certainly getting more inclusive, but we’ve not got to the finish line yet,” mentioned Bilal Hassani, a gender-fluid performer who made headlines when he was chosen to characterize France at this 12 months’s Eurovision contest.
“Things are starting to shift a bit. Rihanna has done incredible things for lingerie with her runway shows for Savage, for example,” he mentioned. “I hope to see an inclusive casting tonight. It’s about time. Women need to be able to recognize themselves on runways, in photo shoots, in magazines. We’re only at the beginning.”
The present didn’t disappoint. Fashions of all shades and physique sorts marched down the makeshift runway, whereas visitors together with Laetitia Casta, Marina Fingers, Irina Lazareanu and Nabilla Benattia clapped and cheered alongside.
The lingerie present, which was broadcast dwell, was doubled with particular performances by a various solid of ladies in music. Blonde Belgian singer-songwriter Angèle opened the night with a rendition of her feminist anthem “Balance ton Quoi.” The video of the track, through which she sings about sexual harassment and common misogyny in an upbeat, tongue-in-cheek means, has greater than 46 million YouTube views.
She was adopted by American pop star Ava Max and French singer Claire Laffut, earlier than the acquainted riffs of Gossip’s “Standing in the Way of Control” stuffed the stadium.
Beth Ditto herself bounded onto the runway, as flamboyant as ever in a sequined bodycon night robe. She marched alongside the scantily clad fashions and struck a few poses together with her signature panache.
However the home was positively introduced down by French afro-trap star Aya Nakamura who took over the stage to an ecstatic crowd. Nakamura, who’s 24 years previous, hails from Mali and grew up within the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, carried out her largest hits, together with her catchy 2018 monitor “Djadja,” which counts almost 430 million YouTube views.