Topless Protest In Paris Fashion Week Photo

 
HOME 30 Sept 2013  
  Source :The Independent , IBT Times  
 
 

A Liverpool model said she "punched" two Femen protesters who broke onto the catwalk at Paris fashion week and grabbed her arm.

Hollie-May Saker was modelling for designer Nina Ricci in the French capital when protesters from the radical feminist group ran on stage, with the words "model, don't go to brothel" painted across their torsos.

When one of the two women grabbed Ms Saker's hand, she can be seen pulling her hand away in response, before both members of the Ukrainian group were dragged away by a security guard who quickly rushed onto the stage.

Anfield resident Ms Saker continued to walk around the catwalk even as the protesters were being pulled off stage.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Ms Saker said: “I punched her – I didn’t mean to but she grabbed my arm and I just wanted to get her off me.

“I was the 19th girl out of the catwalk and I could hear screaming behind me.

“As she grabbed by arm she lifted by skirt exposing me – I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose."

Ms Saker added that despite feeling angry because the protesters had "ruined her favourite show" she continued to model for the rest of the event.

The 18-year-old said she "knew the Scouser in me was bound to come out eventually during fashion week" in a tweet after the incident. 

Femen recently came under controversy after 28-year-old male Victor Svyatskiy was 'ousted' as the mastermind behind the group by Australian film maker Kitty Green. Ms Green alleges Mr Svyatskiy hand-picked the most attractive women "because the prettiest girls sell papers."

"The prettiest girls get on the front page... that became their image, that became the way they sold the brand,” she said.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Activists of Ukrainian women's rights group Femen storm the Nina Ricci catwalk during Paris fashion week.
Activists of Ukrainian women's rights group Femen storm the Nina Ricci catwalk during Paris fashion week.

Ukrainian feminist group Femen stormed the Nina Ricci runway at Paris Fashion Week, protesting at sexism in the fashion industry.

The bare-breasted protesters had the slogans "Model don't go to brothel" and "Fashion Dictaterror" written on their chests.

FEMEN protest against sexism in the fashion industry.
FEMEN protest against sexism in the fashion industry.

They were also shouting "fashion fascism" as they ran on to the catwalk, before being dragged away by security, as they demonstrated during the Spring/Summer2014 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for Nina Ricci.

Liverpool model Hollie-May Saker who was modelling for designer Nina Ricci, said she "punched" two Femen protesters who broke onto the catwalk.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Saker said: "I punched her - I didn't mean to but she grabbed my arm and I just wanted to get her off me.

"I was the 19th girl out of the catwalk and I could hear screaming behind me.

"As she grabbed my arm she lifted my skirt exposing me - I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose."

Saker added that despite feeling angry because the protesters had "ruined her favourite show" she continued to model for the rest of the event.

The 18-year-old said she "knew the Scouser in me was bound to come out eventually during fashion week" in a tweet after the incident.

Anfield resident Saker continued to walk around the catwalk even as the protesters were being pulled off stage.

Ukranian feminist protestors FEMEN managed to breach security to reach the fashion week catwalks for the first time.
Ukranian feminist protestors FEMEN managed to breach security to reach the fashion week catwalks for the first time.

Femen has protested during Fashion Week before. Last year they demonstrated outside Versace's show holding up signs that read "fascism = fashion," "model do not go to brothel" and "anorexia" emblazoned under a modified Versace logo.

This year is the first time that the feminist group have managed to get past security and on to the catwalk.

Femen is a feminist Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev and Paris. The organisation became internationally known for its controversial topless protests against sex tourists, religious institutions, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international topics.

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
     
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