Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Disabilities In The Media: NYFW features quadruple amputee

As far as I'm concerned, the true standout inspirations at this year's New York Fashion Week are Carrie Hammer and Karen Crespo, who teamed up to bring some much-needed diversity to the runway.

Earlier this year, Hammer began Role Models Not Runway Models, a campaign advocating for professional women who are typically underserved in the fashion world. Crespo, who lost her limbs to bacterial meningitis, saw one of Hammer's shows and was so inspired that she contacted the designer to thank her for all her work. Fast-forward to last Friday, and Crespo found herself in a runway show modeling a dress named after her!

"My whole platform is that beauty is all equal," says Hammer. "Everyone is equally beautiful, and we should highlight that and focus on our accomplishments. Our job as designers is to make women feel beautiful and have them achieve what they want to achieve."
How awesome is that? I love that NYFW is starting to include all definitions of beauty because when you think about it, there are SO MANY!!! So inspiring! xoxo

P.S. Remember last spring's Diesel ad campaign? :)

[Via The Frisky]


  1. Wasn't this just fantastic! The more diversity in the public eye, the better. :)

  2. i love this! she looks great in that dress. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. A true and INSPIRING beauty inside and out - and I agree...Fabulous and fierce!

  4. Everything about this is so beautiful. I'm so sick of the lack of diversity out there! Beauty truly comes in all shapes and sizes, and it's time that everyone starts recognizing that!

    Thank you for this lovely story. Made my day :)


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