Gender-fluid Actor Owns the NYFW Runway


Although New York Fashion Week normally has the Internet buzzing about the latest trends, the Christian Siriano show last week left a different, impactful impression. Among the models for the brand was Nico Tortolla, a gender-fluid actor and writer, who strutted down the runway in a sheer dress and corset. Tortolla, who uses they/them pronouns, was accompanied by their spouse, fitness influencer Bethany Meyers, and applauded by a front row that included Cynthia Nixon, Whoopi Goldberg, and Tiffany Haddish. After the show, Tortola shared some photos on Instagram, commenting “Thank you @csiriano for having me and for all you do in the fields of love, inclusion, fashion, political and social justice.” 

For Further Reading:

Christian Siriano’s show was not the only one creating a stir last week—check out this recap of Prabal Gurung’s latest, which was also hailed for making a statement about inclusivity in fashion.


Discussion Question:

What do you think about the idea of gender-neutral runways? Do you see value in having clothes made for one gender identity specifically? Why or why not?


Action Item:

Think about an item of clothing you associate with another gender, and challenge yourself to make it into an outfit. Raid your dad’s closet, go thrift shopping, search Ebay— have fun and break the norm at the same time. Challenge the idea that specific clothing is intended for one gender and one gender only, and most importantly, do what feels right for you. Express yourself however you see fit.



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