Wilhelmina plus-size model Hayley Hasselhoff walks the runway in her first straight-size show for Australian label Eder+Berk during New York Fashion Week, Sept. 10, 2015.

She Rocks the Runways for Plus-Size Fashion

Hayley Hasselhoff, the Wilhelmina model, who wears a size 14, wants women to get the message: The best thing you can do for yourself is to love your body. On Sept. 26 she’ll be back on the catwalk, in England’s Curve Fashion Festival.

Maysoon Zayid, an Arab American comedian and a disability rights advocate who has cerebral palsy, makes her NYFW debut on the runway at the Carrie Hammer show.

New York Fashion Week Breaks Down Beauty Barriers

The models on this year’s runways were not uniformly tall and thin. Many strutted their stuff as role models, as women with physical disabilities, plus-sized, ethnically diverse, transgender. “We’re at a flash point with awareness,” said the owner of a model-casting company.

Ruth Rosen was recently featured in the documentary "She is Beautiful When She is Angry."

Ruth Rosen Compares Intimidation, Then and Now

“This is a completely different world,” says the historian, who has written about FBI surveillance of women in the era of J. Edgar Hoover. “There is such an opportunity to destroy people online now in a way that never existed when we were young.”