Beautiful clothes, breathtaking presentations and gorgeous venues aside, the latest installment of NYFW presented a noticeably different fashion landscape. We鈥檙e talking about the incorporation of 鈥渞eal鈥 women on the runway. Thanks to designers like Christian Siriano, Tracy Reese, Byron Lars and even J.Crew, body diversity is finally getting recognized at fashion week. Not only are we seeing a shift in the traditional sample size, but we can *actually* relate to the women modeling (gasp!). As much as we look forward to seeing our favorite high-profile models slay on the catwalk, it鈥檚 incredibly empowering to see plus-size women of our generation being represented within the same show. Let鈥檚 not forget that the average American woman is a size 14, after all. Here鈥檚 to hoping more designers will start embracing body positivity聽in their upcoming collections by giving聽women of all sizes a chance to shine. In the meantime, scroll down to see some of our favorite runway looks modeled by real women.

Christian Siriano

Our favorite Project Runway designer, Christian Siriano, did not disappoint with his upcoming Spring/Summer 鈥17 collection inspired by Capri. Following his size-inclusive lines for Kleinfeld Bridal and Lane Bryant, Christian鈥檚 decision to include five plus-size models in his spring presentation should come as no surprise, especially with body positive celebs like Christina Hendricks and Ashley Graham sitting front row.

Christian Siriano - Runway - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows

1. Black Tie Affair: So. Much. Drama. We can鈥檛 decide what we love more: the satiny black聽cape, the body-skimming white dress or the聽skinny black scarf. Regardless, fingers crossed that this after-hours-approved getup makes its way to the red carpet soon.聽(Photo via Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

Christian Siriano - Runway - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows

2. Sleek and Sophisticated: Gear up for date night with this statement-making co-ord that means business. The scalloped black crop top featuring聽bell sleeves complements the black maxi exquisitely. And don鈥檛 even get us started on聽those DDG beaded tassel earrings.聽(Photo via Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

Christian Siriano - Runway - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows

3. Getaway-Inspired: Resort, we鈥檙e ready for ya! We hope it鈥檚 not too late to pre-order this vivid blue cami dress complete with a front slit. Top it off with a blazer and come-hither gladiators for a spring wedding or a stint in paradise.聽(Photo via Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

Christian Siriano - Runway - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows

4. Sleek and Sultry: Slay, girl, slay! Playful peekaboo cutouts and slits are always good in our book, especially when they鈥檙e this tasteful. A body chain and black lace-up ghillies are non-negotiable for an entrance-making look.聽(Photo via Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese鈥檚 garden party-esque presentation stemmed from her desire to celebrate femininity and make all women feel beautiful. Her incorporation of non-models (AKA women of all sizes and ages) reflects the designer鈥檚 move to provide customers with more聽inclusive聽sizing, starting with her Spring 2017 collection.

Tracy Reese - Presentation - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week

5. Garden Party: We call dibs on this halter-style black and white floral frock with around-the-clock appeal. You can dress it up with heels for the office or opt for a wide-brimmed straw hat and espadrilles come the weekend.聽(Photo via Cindy Ord/Getty)

Tracy Reese - Presentation - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week

6. Fun and Flirty: It鈥檚 official: Spring cannot come soon enough. This punchy floral number is perfect for an array of daytime-casual affairs (think: bridal showers, luncheons and a trip out to the vineyard). The lace underlay and twirl-worthy asymmetric hem make us want to pull out our聽fancy steppers.聽(Photo via Cindy Ord/Getty)

Tracy Reese - Presentation - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week

7. Hawaiian-Inspired: Repeat after us: You need a tropical print tunic dress this聽laid-back chic on standby. Not only does it have major beach-to-boardwalk potential, but it can be styled alongside a pair of ugly-chic Tevas like聽that.聽(Photo via Cindy Ord/Getty)

Tracy Reese - Presentation - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week

8. Red Carpet-Ready: Speaking of real women, we loved seeing聽Saturday Night Live鈥檚 Sasheer Zamata modeling a stunning peony pink聽dress worthy of the Emmys. (She looks absolutely radiant,聽BTW.) More diversity is just what fashion week needs. (Photo via Cindy Ord/Getty)

Byron Lars

If Byron Lars isn鈥檛 already on your radar, then he will be soon enough. Not only is Michelle Obama a fan of his cutting-edge designs, but his Spring 2017 collection caters to sizes 0-18. For plus-size models like Jenna Rusnak, having the opportunity to walk in Byron Lars鈥 show was not only a dream come true, but a huge milestone for the plus-size industry in general.

9. The NEW Fashion Week:聽*This* is what the future of modeling at fashion week should look like. Byron Lars鈥 plus-size launch collection is giving curvy girls everywhere ALL the feels. There鈥檚 no reason why more designers can鈥檛 expand their lines to include a wider range of sizes.

10. Summer Aztecs: When tribal聽influence meets daytime casual separates, this is the way chic result. Plus, we鈥檙e loving this聽model鈥檚 sass 鈥 she gets an A+ for confidence (and workin鈥 that head scarf).

11. 鈥90s-Inspired Neons: But聽first, let me take a selfie. This eclectic ensemble is so fab, we don鈥檛 even know where to begin. As if the canary yellow fringed steppers weren鈥檛 enough, the shaggy vest is straight-up goals.

J.Crew

While J.Crew is always a fan favorite around here, we were especially pleased to see them casting a slightly less catalog-perfect set of models this season. Tapping members of their design team as well as family and friends, the popular retailer opted to show their regular and Crewcuts line modeled on real people. In the models, you could visualize your best friend, younger sister, aunt or even next door neighbor (albeit a very stylish one). With such a broad customer base to attend to, this seems like a great move on J.Crew鈥檚 part.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Models pose at the J.Crew presentation during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at Spring Studios on September 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week)

12. Maternity Style Done Right: J.Crew stylist Jenny Kang, who also just so happens to be seven months pregnant, even decided to get in on all the fun. Not only does she look amazing, but she鈥檚 totally rocking that pale blue non-maternity jumpsuit. Take note, pregnant ladies: J.Crew聽can be worn throughout your pregnancy. For a GNO, finish off your look with a pair of聽dazzling聽statement earrings and sensible sandals.聽(Photo via Noam Galai/Getty)

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