Model with down syndrome lives her dream on runway

There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing someone being successful, against all odds. Spanish model Marian Avila, 21, who has down syndrome, just showed us all that dreams come true. On Saturday’s New York Fashion Week event, Marian became an instant celebrity, after walking on the stage in Manhattan ballroom.

 

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Marian said in an interview that she felt at home on the runway. The young model was discovered by Atlanta designer, Talisha White, on social media! Ms White said her goal was to “bring down barriers for women”, and when a friend told her about Avila’s story on Facebook, she contacted her and made both their dreams come true.

Model with down syndrome lives her dream on runway

“I felt really happy and I really loved the runway,” Avila said through a translator after the Saturday show. “I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers.”

Her family had travelled all the way to watch and cheer her on!

 

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Talisha White explains the reasons for her campaign

“I wanted to show not just one type of girl is beautiful. I like to showcase all types of girls, from pageant girls to models in wheelchairs, models with Down syndrome, models who are four feet and told they can never be a model. They are my ‘it’ girl,” Ms White said.

Again, after the show, Ms White explained how successful it was for Avila especially.
“She’s been a busy supermodel, meeting with all types of people. I’m very glad for her. She’s been meeting with Vogue. She’s been meeting with Harper’s Bazaar. She’s been meeting in different showrooms, different modelling agencies,” she disclosed.

“I felt really happy and I really loved the runway…I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers.”

Moreover, Avila was not alone. She walked the runway with other disabled women: Tae McKenzie of Charlotte, North Carolina, who uses a wheelchair, and another young woman with Down Syndrome.

Lovely concept by Talisha White, bringing all these women together to live their dreams.
Amanda Lucy

AMANDA IS A 24 YEAR OLD COLLEGE GRADUATE. LOVES MUSIC,DANCE AND IS AN ARDENT USER OF THE INTERNET. YOU CAN FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM @nana_yaba. SHE STARTED WRITING FOR INFLEUR IN NOVEMBER 2017

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