Models With Disabilities Stun in Beautiful and Inclusive Runway Show

There has been some groundbreaking inclusion at this year’s New York Fashion Week. After Jamie Brewer became the first model with Down syndrome to take the catwalk last Thursday, the weekend brought even more much-needed diversity to the event.

Fashion design company and modeling agency FTL Moda, in partnership with Fondazione Vertical, an Italian research foundation for spinal cord injuries, wowed audiences yesterday with the show “FTL Moda Loving You.”

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The show put well-known fashion models beside some stunning models with disabilities. Among them was male model, renowned British personal trainer and Men’s Health magazine’s Man of the Year, Jack Eyers.

I just want to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back,” Eyers said, according to Today.

Antonio Urzi, the fashion designer behind the show, has had his creations worn by Beyonce’, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Britney Spears, according to the FTL Moda press release.

“It is a very significant moment in my fashion career, this opportunity to finally open the most recognized runways in the world to these beautiful talents, ready to show that disability is very often just a mental state by performing on the runway next  to some of the best models on the scene.” Ilaria Niccolini, the producer of the show, said in a press release.

See some highlights of the show in the video below: 


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