It’s beautiful when designers celebrate our diversity!
FTL Moda, headed by Antonio Urzi, who has designed costumes for Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, made history this week when they featured the first ever male amputee – Jack Eyers, a British personal trainer, to walk the New York Fashion Week runway.
Models in wheelchairs and crutches also strutted their stuff at the show.
The show was in collaboration with Fondazione Vertical – an Italian foundation that supports research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
The collection, titled “FTL Moda Loving You” featured leather and metal materials with a heavy use of gold and silver body paint.
Jack, who lost one leg at 16 due to Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency had this to say about his runway debut, as told to Daily Mail, “It all feels so surreal. I can’t believe this is actually happening. To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing – it feels like such a big deal.”
On his motivation to walk the runway, he said, “I just want to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back.”
He wants this to become more commonplace, adding, “I want people to see me, and to realise that there needs to be more disabled models walking the runway.”
Here are some of the looks – Be inspired!
***warning: some photos contain slight nudity
Source: Daily Mail
Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images