Model with Down’s Syndrome walks the runway for New York Fashion Week

The fashion world tends to show us one rigid definition of beauty: thin, white, abled women.

Thankfully brands are moving towards being more inclusive.

New York Fashion Week has embraced diversity as the annual event included a model with Down’s Syndrome, one of the first to walk on a major runway show.

Marian Avila walked the catwalk wearing sparkling gowns made by designer Talisha White.

The 21-year-old model said it was her lifelong dream to be able to appear at the show and prove that there isn’t just one type of beautiful.

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Marian, originally from Benidorm, Spain, told press, after walking in the show at midtown Manhattan that there are no barriers to beauty.

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Designer Talisha, who creates glamorous evening wear, first heard about Marian through another model online.

Marian became a natural choice for Tasha’s line as the designer prioritises inclusivity. The show also featured Tae McKenzie, a model who uses a wheelchair.

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Talisha said she felt proud of Marian for breaking boundaries in the industry.

‘Marian’s been a busy supermodel, meeting with all types of people,’ said Talisha.

‘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 modeling agencies.

‘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.’

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Marian is the third model with Down;s Syndrome to walk on the prestigious New York Fashion Week show. Before her came in 2015.

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The first model with the condition to appear on the NYFW runway was r in the same year.


Other brands at this season’s Fashion Week also picked more diverse models.

Chromat featured breast cancer survivor Ericka Hart who unzipped her swimming costume to show her scars to the audience. The swimwear company also had plus-size women, women of colour, and older women.




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