Models with Disabilities Featured at New York Fashion Week

Jamie Brewer During this years New York Fashion Week there was a first. No, a model wasn’t caught eating. Jamie Brewer made history by becoming the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the red carpet at NYFW. Some may recognize Brewer by her roles on American Horror Story.

Brewer showed them how it’s done during Carrie Hammer’s show. Hammer selects women of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes and colors to walk in her shows. Her mission is to not only create beautiful clothing but to empower all women and she does this with her “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign.

Danielle Sheypuk Danielle Sheypuk was the first woman in a wheelchair to appear on the runway

Karen CrespoKaren Crespo was the first quadruple amputee to do the same

Jamie, Danielle, Karen and Carrie were not the only ones. Models (both men and women) with disabilities from all around the world were featured in FTL Moda’s AW15 collection designed by Antonio Urzi.

Jack Eyers Jack Eyers was the world’s first male amputee to walk on the NYFW catwalk

“To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing,” Eyers told Caters News in a press release. “It feels like such a big deal. I just want to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back.”

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