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Paris Fashion Week: Gigi Hadid stops French comedian who gatecrashed Chanel runway

The supermodel managed to escort Marie Benoliel from the runway after she climbed on stage

French comedian Marie Benoliel leaps onto the catwalk during the finale of the presentation of the spring / summer 2020 Women's collection by Chanel. EPA
French comedian Marie Benoliel leaps onto the catwalk during the finale of the presentation of the spring / summer 2020 Women's collection by Chanel. EPA

Chanel’s SS20 showcase at Paris Fashion Week was gatecrashed by an unwanted runway invader.

The showcase on the morning of Tuesday, October 1 is one of the biggest in Paris Fashion Week’s calendar, with invitations among the most coveted in the industry.

But one audience member got a little carried away as she clambered onto the stage among the models for the final showcase.

The invader has since been identified as French comedian Marie Benoliel, who goes by the name of Marie S’infiltre online.

An unidentified woman from the audience joins the models for the final walk of Chanel Spring/Summer 2020 women's ready-to-wear collection show during the Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
French comedian Marie Benoliel managed to get onto the catwalk during the Chanel finale. Reuters

Benoliel was swiftly stopped in her tracks by half-Palestinian supermodel Gigi Hadid, who approached her and eventually strong-armed her into exiting the runway, with the help of some of her fellow models.

It is unclear whether Benoliel had been invited to the show, or had managed to slip in through the event’s tight security. It is not the first time the comedian has pulled a stunt like this. Earlier this week, she managed to crash the Etam show in a similar fashion.

Hadid was joined on the Chanel catwalk by fellow supermodels Kai Gerber and Grace Elizabeth, while Cardi B and Anna Wintour were among the famous faces on the front row.

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Updated: October 1, 2019 03:45 PM

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