Dascha, Jackie and Alysia at Carmen Marc Valvo fashion show

These lovely ladies looked stunning when attending the Carmen Marc Valvo NYFW show. Jackie Cruz, Dascha Polanco, and Alysia Reiner.

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It took us a moment to recognize the women seated at the end of Carmen Marc Valvo’s runway at New York Fashion Week on Friday. But then we squinted, imagined them in prison garb and we realized they were some of our favorite jailhouse faces from the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”

Taryn Manning, who plays Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, sat in the front row alongside Jackie Cruz, the inmate known as Flaca, and Alysia Reiner, who plays prison administrator Natalie Figueroa. After the show, the women gushed about the collection, which included several cocktail dresses with illusion necklines and tulle-backed cutouts.

“Everything just looked so sexy,” said Cruz, with Reiner adding, “He had some really fresh concepts.”

But enough about the clothes. What we really wanted to know about is what life is like for these women now that OITNB is a runaway hit. “It’s a dream come true,” said Cruz. Manning was a bit more reserved. “It’s been kind of hectic but it’s sort of normal for me. I’ve been at acting and singing and dancing for a long, long time,” she said. “I see it as a new chapter in my life.”

Sadly, the women were tight-lipped about any plot hints for the second season, which is currently in production. “I can tell you I read the first script and I said, ‘NO WAY!’,” said Reiner. “Every script is like Christmas,” added Cruz.

Speaking of Christmas, that’s where we last saw the women, celebrating the holidays with a prison pageant. We asked Manning about that dramatic final scene to end the first season, with Manning and Schilling duking it out in the prison yard. “It was really cold out and really late, probably the latest night we ever shot,” she said. “All that stuff, all the variables, and us being in character – it just all worked.”

Of Schilling, Manning’s scene co-star who – small spoiler here – reaches her limit with Pennsatucky, Manning said, “I was just so proud of her as an actress. She went there—and she scared me!” The takeaway for the uber-pious Pennsatucky? “At that moment, I think my character realized she isn’t all that,” Manning said, adding it was “so humbling.”

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