Moscow Fashion Week is rolling along quite well, literally. On Thursday, models using wheelchairs hit the runway for the NP Open World collection show at the Gostiny Dvor shopping center. The women in wheelchairs, who ranged in age, were joined by other models who walked the runway.
For Emma Fletcher Bennett, having a prosthetic leg was always just another part of growing up. Like many other girls her age, she loves to wear skirts and play with other kids. But, when her parents surprised her with a doll that had been outfitted to look just like her – prosthetic leg included – she was literally brought to tears.
(Instagram/beautyandpinups) In the last year, diversity in the fashion industry has flourished. Models with disabilities have strutted down runways and been featured in fashion campaigns. Now, this same kind of diversity is making its way into the beauty industry. ALSO SEE: Kmart catalogue includes kids with disabilities Katie Meade is a 32-year-old model with Down syndrome.
The fashion industry has never been known for its inclusiveness. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that non-white, stick-thin models were even considered for jobs. But progress — slowly but surely — is coming: there were bionic arms, a gold prosthetic leg, and plus-size women at New York Fashion Week. But beyond that, the advances in diversity within the retail sector have come even farther, with Tommy Hilfiger leading the way. On Tuesday, the brand announced a collaboration of adaptive clothing to make items more accessible for people with disabilities.