Model With Bionic Arm Set To Walk In New York Fashion Week

Rebekah Marine believes in celebrating uniqueness. And she will do just that by taking the FTL Moda runway at this year's New York Fashion Week. Marine was born without a forearm and now sports an i-limb quantum prosthetic hand. Four years ago, when she began modelling she realized that she could turn her disability into something truly inspirational. 69de0194-3948-450d-b3ac-b03902e85274.format_jpeg.inline_yes “It's so important to include more diverse models, because after all, nearly one in five people in America have a disability,” Marine told Mashable. "We should be celebrating uniqueness, not conforming to what the media thinks is beautiful.” rebekah marine In February, Marine walked for designer Antonio Urzi at a New York Mercedes-Benz show at the Lincoln Center. She wore a metal glove on her arm that was decorated with silver and black rhinestones. Other models with disabilities joined Marine on the runway — and they will again at the upcoming show. Marine works with the "Lucky Fin Project" which celebrates achieving your goals while "being made a little differently." The name references Nemo's lucky fin in the movie Finding Nemo. Nearly one in five Americans with a disability! That is a massive number. And clearly an under represented population when it comes to our culture's standard definition of beauty. It is refreshing to see people like Marine and photographer Michael Stokes calling attention to the inherent beauty in all of us -- fully able bodied or otherwise. Are you inspired by this story? Do you believe that the fashion world needs to be more inclusive and celebrate uniqueness in its models? Share your thoughts with us. Source: A Plus Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_109402" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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