Vagina mohawks are a thing at NYFW

Carly Ledbetter

New York Fashion Week is always outrageous, and this season was no exception.

With a robot escorting Irina Shayk out of a UFO at Philipp Plein, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos making an appearance at Chromat and oversize Carmen Sandiego silhouettes showing up at Marc Jacobs, it was hard to pick just what look or moment stood out the most — until the Kaimin show on Feb. 12.

Making vagina mohawks happen. Photo: Getty

The clothing line made headlines for showing “vagina mohawks” at its NYFW presentation. We’d try to explain it, but it’s something you have to see for yourself.

The show’s overall message was one of diversity and tolerance, which was reflected in the brand’s casting choices, according to a press release.

“All differences, even if not fully understood or agreed with, should find tolerance; all creatures deserve room under the sun,” the release said. “The main collection strives to reflect individual desire to transform and to become the best version of one’s self, ultimately being proud of one’s uniqueness.”

Designer Kaimin pushed the envelope at NYFW with the use of vagina mohawks - similar to a 'merkin.' Photo: Getty
The show's overall message was diversity and tolerance. Photo: Getty

But the mohawks were there to represent a special statement about the vagina (the definition of which, for these purposes, includes external anatomy) in particular.

“Kaimin chose to represent diversity, uniqueness, and acceptance of individuality with the life-giving human vagina — which was alluded to in the artistic videos projected during the show and was emphasized by the mohawk on the runway,” the release read.

Transgender model Amanda Lepore had heads turning at the same show, when she hit the catwalk completely see-through outfit. Source: Getty

The creative vision behind the “tolerance mohawks” included hairstylists from Prema, led by Dale Delaporte and additional help provided by Charlie Le Mindu. Anti Collective hair products were used to create the final runway-ready look.

As BuzzFeed pointed out, the “vagina mohawks” resemble merkins, which are also referred to as vagina or pubic hair wigs and used as props in TV shows and movies.

South Korean-born designer Kaimin, who has previously dressed eccentric stars like Lady Gaga and Bjork, has brought vagina wigs to the runway. Photo: Getty Images

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