Every year hundred and hundreds of the best, most recognizable models strut their stuff during New York Fashion Week, but this year, some particularly impressive women joined them. Fourteen brave military servicewomen walked the runway in little black dresses as part of the "Salute the Runway" event.
Sponsored by Little Black Dress Wines and Fatigues to Fabulous, a campaign meant to recognize female veterans and raise awareness about the difficulties transitioning back to civilian life, the evening celebrated the blood, sweat and tears that women have poured into defending our country.
Every woman participating got a head-to-toe makeover, including coaching from Hilary Rhoda of IMG Models and makeup tips from famed cosmetics brand Bobbi Brown. They donned chic black dresses from top designers, including Michael Kors, Nicole Miller and Betsey Johnson, before walking in front of a large and supportive audience.
Fatigues to Fabulous spokeswoman retired Army Capt. Leslie Nicole Smith (pictured below) walked the runway with her Seeing Eye dog and proudly exposed her prosthetic leg.
“There is an overwhelming sense of pride in having worn the uniform,” Smith told Women's Wear Daily. Calling it an "amazing experience," she felt like this event gave servicewomen the opportunity to say, “I’m beautiful, and I’m a woman, and I feel so confident.” What do you think of the event?
-- Mara Betsch