Model with 'Cat Eye Syndrome' stars in fierce high-end photoshoot

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.

While Stickels may not adhere to the fashion industry’s conventional idea of beauty, she’s currently featured in a stunning editorial for V magazine, after being discovered on Instagram.

Shot by acclaimed photographer Nick Knight, the Seattle based model/actress/singer is a trailblazer for people living with the chromosomal disorder.

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“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.

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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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