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These Disabled Models Featured In An Inspiring New York Fashion Week Show

February 18, 2015 2 min read

What do you guys think? How inspiring! I like the direction that much of fashion has taken these days. With the unretouched photos of Cindy Crawford, the plus size models being used in Sports Illustrated, and the first model with down syndrome - there now is a model as the worlds first male amputee to walk on the NYFW catwalk.
Following the inclusion of Jamie Brewer – the first model with Down syndrome to feature on a New York Fashion Week catwalk – last Thursday, the fashion world has made another move in the right direction: a show featuring disabled models.
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Disabled models from around the world featured in the show for FTL Moda’s AW15 collection in a show titled “FTL Moda Loving You” on Sunday at the Lincoln Center, created by designer Antonio Urzi.

Disabled models from around the world featured in the show for FTL Moda's AW15 collection in a show titled
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The show was in partnership with Fondazione Vertical, an Italian research foundation for spinal cord injuries.

The show was in partnership with Fondazione Vertical, an Italian research foundation for spinal cord injuries.
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Jack Eyers was the world’s first male amputee to walk on the NYFW catwalk.

Jack Eyers was the world's first male amputee to walk on the NYFW catwalk.
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“To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing,” Eyers told Caters News in a press release. “It feels like such a big deal. I just want to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back.”

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The show was praised for its inclusion of disabled people, especially in an industry that is often criticised for it’s lack of diversity.

The show was praised for its inclusion of disabled people, especially in an industry that is often criticised for it's lack of diversity.
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Speaking to Ticker Report, producer Ilaria Niccolini said: “It is a very significant moment in my fashion career.”

Speaking to Ticker Report, producer Ilaria Niccolini said:
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“This opportunity to finally open the most recognised runways in the world to these beautiful talents, ready to show that disability is very often just a mental state by performing on the runway next to some of the best models on the scene.”

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Rossalyn Warren is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com
 

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