Caitin Stickles, 29, was born with a rare disorder called Schmid–Fraccaro Syndrome, or Cat Eye Syndrome, which can cause facial disfiguration and an absence of pigment in the eyes, giving them a “cat-like” appearance.
Shot by acclaimed photographer Nick Knight, the Seattle based model/actress/singer is a trailblazer for people living with the chromosomal disorder.
“I never dreamed of being a model or being a part of the fashion industry. I always admired from afar and meanwhile tried to recreate my own expressions through fashion, photography, and art,” Stickels wrote in a profile for the magazine.
“This collaboration has been the most beautiful whirlwind of my life.”
“I did expect to see something epic — and they went far and beyond what I could have imagined,” Stickels added.
“I don’t want to say that this was MY dream come true, because I think working with Nick Knight is anyone’s dream that I never dared to actually have myself.”
“[The photographer and V have] opened eyes, they opened minds, and they gave this world a chance. They both have done the same with me and I’m still processing that it’s now my reality, too,” she said.
Stickles is modelling looks from Prada, Dior, Coach and more. Her make-up for the shoot was done by Laura Dominique, her hair by Martin Cullen, and her nails by Kate Cutler.
See more of the stunning shoot here.
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