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This Underwear Brand Featured Diverse Models For New Zealand Fashion Week To Celebrate Body Positivity

People with a variety of body shapes – from rugby players to models of all ages, sizes, races and abilities – charmed the crowd at New Zealand Fashion Week.

American underwear brand Jockey embraced diversity during its show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2023, bringing together the most diverse group of models to the event.

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Two models walk the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

People with a variety of body shapes and sizes – from rugby players to models of all ages, sizes, races and abilities – charmed the crowd at its show at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday Aug. 31.

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Two models walks the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

Jockey is well known for embracing confidence and body positivity, and this year’s show felt even more like a celebration with the most diverse group of models at New Zealand Fashion Week.

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Three models walk the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

Rugby players from both New Zealand’s women’s and men’s teams, the All Blacks and the Black Ferns, stripped down for the show as a part of a partnership with Jockey, an official All Blacks sponsor.

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(L-R) Black Fern Amy du Plessis, All Black George Bower, All Black Sevu Reece, Black Fern Alana Bremner and All Black Angus Ta’aavao, walk the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

Along with the Black Ferns’ Alana Bremner and Amy du Plessis, All Blacks stars Sevu Reece, George Bower and Angus Ta’avao danced their way down the runway.

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The All Blacks’ Angus Ta’avao, Sevu Reece and George Bower walk the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

Bower said participating in Jockey’s photoshoot and modeling on the runway gave him confidence.

“I kind of realised, oh yeah, just embrace your body. It is what it is. They want you for who you are,” Bower told the New Zealand Herald.

Several models with disability and older models also stole the show.

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A model walks the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

One model, Cherie, who is in her 70s showed that fashion has no age limit.

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Two model walk the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

Although several models were first-timers, the managing director of talent agency, Rebecca Swaney, said they bring “another level of experience to the runway”.

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Two models walks the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

“They want to get it right. They turn up on time, they listen, they learn… I think women are in the driving seat of the change in seeing more representation on the runway,” she said.

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Models walk the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for NZFW)

This year’s show featured the highest number of models with disabilities.

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A model on the runway during the Jockey show during New Zealand Fashion Week 23: Kahuria at Viaduct Events Centre‎ on August 31, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for NZFW)

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