Published September 30, 2013
The show must go on.
A British supermodel punched a topless female protester after she was grabbed on the catwalk during Paris Fashion Week, but didn’t let the scuffle stop her, saying that she “carried on walking with a bit of sassiness.”
Hollie-May Saker was modeling for fashion designer Nina Ricci on Thursday in France's capital when two protesters from the activist group Femen approached her on the runway.
“The next thing I just see half-naked women with black marker pen scrawled across their bare chests and that’s when she came at me,” Saker, 18, told the Liverpool Echo. “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.”
Security then dragged the protesters off the stage as they screamed “fashion facism,” according to The Associated Press. The activists had words blasting the sexualization of the modeling industry written on their torsos.
“I was so angry but I knew I had to be professional so I carried on walking with a bit of sassiness,” Saker told the Liverpool Echo. “I was really worried to come backstage but nobody said anything – I felt bad the moment it happened and I was very shaken up by it."