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Here is Otessa Moshfegh walking in a fashion show.

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February 15, 2022, 9:18am

This morning, I learned that we were, at this very moment, in the middle of New York Fashion Week. Because Lit Hub’s invitations to fashion shows keep getting lost in the mail, I had no plans to cover the festivities (are they festivities?), until I learned that one of the models was a real, live writer. As captured by Publisher’s Brunch in an Instagram video, Otessa Moshfegh was spotted walking in the Maryam Nassir Zadeh show.

On the one hand, this isn’t terribly surprising—Moshfegh is a very famous writer, and famous, fashiony people are purportedly very into books these days. On the other hand, in the opening of Kaitlin Phillips’ wild and wonderful 2018 profile of Moshfegh, I learned that “Helen of Troy was her least favorite fictional character” and that “she’d taped a piece of paper that said VANITY IS THE ENEMY to her window.”

According to Vogue‘s write-up of the show, the casting makes perfect sense, because “Both [Moshfegh and the designer] have a shared affinity for character building and quirk; nothing normal happens on an MNZ runway or in a Moshfegh novel.”

Well, I think we can all agree that she looks great!

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