It’s days like today, the last day of New York Fashion Week, that we’re really glad things like Fashion Week Internationale, Vice‘s newish web series, exist, to show a different side of the fashion world.
In case you haven’t seen it or read our coverage, Vice sends a charismatic British Karlie Kloss doppelganger named Charlet Dubac out to various non-mainstream fashion weeks in exotic locales. Last season, we saw actual butt implants occur in Colombia, heard from garment workers in Cambodia, and saw people go to fashion shows wearing full burkas.
It’s been months since the last episode and today season two finally begins–in Rio. Three of us have been to Brazil for Sao Paulo Fashion Week, but none of us have been to Rio and clearly we’re missing out. In the episode, which you can watch part one of below, Dubac sets out to learn more about the “transgender phenomenon on the runways” (Lea T, for instance, hails from Rio). This results in one really awkward moment and some really, really interesting interviews with not only a transgender model, but also a transgender prostitute. She examines the apparent bias against black models on the runway; what makes Brazilians so beautiful, and more.
Watch part one below and head to Vice for parts 2-4 of this riveting episode.