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Monday, February 10, 2020

Pornhub x Namilia Fight Asian Stereotypes at NYFW

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Kung Pao! Me So Horny. Namilia designers Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl struck out against the fetishization of Asian women in pop culture and adult entertainment. Their partner in this mission? None other than Pornhub.com and adult film star Asa Akira. 
This dynamic runway featured an all Asian model cast. By Asian, this didn't mean only East Asian or South Asian, the models spanned all shades, colors, shapes that represent the diversity within the community. The tongue-in-cheek collection skewered (sometimes literally) the various fetish, submissive, objectification of women are subjected to in entertainment and in real life. Whether the microaggressions have to do with food, racism in regards to the Coronavirus, characters like Chun Li or Dragon Lady cliches, the looks on the catwalk mocked them in sexy, stylish fashion.
The message the models got across was that they would crush these stereotypes and the idiots that imposed them in their claws or under the considerable, big heavy shoes and feet (a deliberate contradiction to dainty bound feet I'm sure).
To be honest, when I first read "Pornhub," I chuckled, wondering how a site where clothing seems irrelevant would be anything more than a stunt collaboration. After seeing Namibia's sex-positive, woman empowered history, and Pornhub's record of "woke" adult entertainment (check out their campaigns for environmental conservation and saving the bees), this collection was very timely.
Many of my community are celebrating Lunar Near Year this week. As an Asian-American, of course, I have dealt with the stereotypes both professionally and personally, so this collection resonated with me quite a bit. The fact that the fashion is fun and sexy is a bonus.
Rock on, ladies!

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