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Spanish Model With Down Syndrome Paraded The Runway At New York Fashion Week

Date September 17, 2018 16:01

There always have been standards of beauty, but in recent decades, they have become more inclusive than ever. More and more people with unusual appearance become successful and popular, even in the modeling business.

New York Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated large-scale events in that area. Traditionally, it is held twice a year, in February and September, and dictates trends for future seasons. Famous designers and modeling agencies present their new collections there and for many models to walk a New York Fashion Week runway is a career-changing opportunity.

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Marian Avila is a 21-year-old Spanish girl with Down syndrome. Despite all the difficulties, she tried to study well and since childhood, she wanted to become a model. Marian got her dream job in 19 - she started to get invited for different photo shoots and participated in local competitions for people with disabilities.

Her dream was to walk on the runway at the Fashion Week. Little time ago the girl couldn’t even imagine it could be real, but anyway shared her desire in social networks. This publication caught the eye of Kenzi Dugmore, who had some influence in the fashion world.

It was she who got in touch with American designer Talisha White, known for her talent and unconventional perception of beauty, and asked to invite Avila to model her collection. The designer is famous for being passionate about inclusion and empowering people with disabilities. One of her models suffers from epilepsy and moves around in a wheelchair, but it doesn’t prevent her from building a successful career.

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Marian persisted in training to walk and pose and patiently waited for Talisha’s call. And it happened! On September 8, the first Spanish model with Down syndrome paraded at New York Fashion Week, showing evening dresses from the White’s collection.

Not so long ago, people with genetic diseases or other health conditions that reduced the quality of life were distanced from of its aspects. Such brave girls as Marian prove that nothing is impossible for a person who doesn’t give up on their dream and has faith in themselves.

Do you know people who break stereotypes and inspire others by doing so? Tell us about them, please.

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