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Models with Special Needs Featured in New York Fashion Week 2015

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The fashion industry is often criticised for its lack of diversity, and for being too shallow in its modelling criteria. However, this year’s New York Fashion Week has featured models with disabilities who wore FTL Moda’s sophisticated line, reports US Magazine.

Italian Production Company, FTL Moda, in collaboration with Fondazione Vertical – an Italian foundation supporting research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries – presented a unique line that featured models with disabilities.

FTL Moda’s AW15 collection named their line FTL Moda Loving You and was created by designer Antonio Urzi.

Some models were bound by wheelchairs while others walked with the assistance of a cane. One female model was missing part of one of her arms.

The catwalk recorded history when British personal trainer, Jack Eyers, became the first ever male amputee model to walk the NYFW catwalk.

The models boldly stormed the runaway with their wheelchairs, cane or prosthetic leg that proved an awe-inspiring statement of breaking barriers or limitations.

US Weekly states the inspiring showcase follows actress Jamie Brewer’s debut during the Carrie Hammer “Role Models Not Runway Models” last Thursday (12/02/15) where she became the first ever woman with Down Syndrome to grace the NYFW catwalk.

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