The world of fashion has forever been dominated by thin, fair and able bodied women. And the industry has chosen not waiver from its chosen path. However, over the past few years the industry has been more inclusive of people of different sections. From allowing plus sized models like Ashley Graham, or models with Vitiligo like Amy Deanna, there has been progress. But when Marian Avila walked the ramp, it was a step forward like never before.
Marian Avila is among the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the ramp!
She wore a sparkling gown designed by designer Talisha White and looked every bit sparking herself. For the 21 year old it was a dream come true. It finally gave her the chance to prove she isn’t just one type of beautiful. Marian, originally from Benidorm, Spain, told press, after walking in the show at midtown Manhattan that there are no barriers to beauty.
Talisha heard about Marian through another model online!
Talisha is known for creating glamorous evening wear. When she got to know about Marian, she become a natural choice for Talisha’s line as the designer focuses on inclusivity. The show also featured Tae McKenzie, a model who uses a wheelchair. Talisha said she felt proud of Marian for breaking boundaries in the industry. ‘Marian’s been a busy supermodel, meeting with all types of people,’ said Talisha.
‘I’m very glad for her. She has been meeting with Vogue. She’s been meeting with Harper’s Bazaar. She’s been meeting in different showrooms, different modeling agencies. ‘I wanted to show not just one type of girl is beautiful. I like to showcase all types of girls, from pageant girls to models in wheelchairs, models with Down Syndrome, models who are four feet and told they can never be a model. They are my “it” girl.’
Marian is the third model with Down Syndrome to walk for the New York Fashion Week show.
Before Marian came along there have been a couple of names that graced the New York Fashion Week Show. The first model with the condition to appear on the NYFW runway was Jamie Brewer who walked for Carrie Hammer in the year 2015. Then came Australian model Madeline Stuart who showcased the range for FTL Moda, in the same year.
It is safe to say that the fashion industry is finally moving in the right direction and we hope we will see more realistic beauty standards soon. Kudos to Marian for realizing a dream that most people don’t even dare to dream!