Model with Down Syndrome fulfills NYFW dream: "I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers"
21-year-old Marian Avila wore a gorgeous red and gold dress for the ramp, and her parents and siblings were there to cheer for her
A 21-year-old Spanish model with Down Syndrome has successfully fulfilled her dream to walk at the New York Fashion Week. Marian Avila fulfilled her wish all thanks to Atlanta designer Talisha White whom she had met via social media.
Marian wore a gorgeous red and gold dress for the ramp and had the delight of having her parents and her siblings in the audience, and also to walk alongside other models with challenges. As reported by WKRG, Avila shared, "I felt really happy and I really loved the runway," through a translator after the show. "I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers," she continued.
This was also the mission of designer White who believes that there are "no barriers for women of all kinds." According to reports, a model who White knew had stumbled across Avila's wish to walk in the New York Fashion week and told White about it. Together they reached out to Avila via social media.
"She’s been a busy supermodel, meeting with all types of people," White shared of Avila. "I’m very glad for her. She’s been meeting with Vogue. She’s been meeting with Harper’s Bazaar. She’s been meeting in different showrooms, different modeling agencies".
Avila is from Benidorm in the province of Alicante in eastern Spain on the Mediterranean coast. She said, "I practice every day" referring to her passion for modeling. "I’m studying modeling and to become an actress," Avila added.
She walked the show alongside models who were both young and old. There was also a model Tae McKenzie in a wheelchair and also another model who too had Down Syndrome.
Twenty five-year-old White shared that she had thought of a rainbow to represent "women’s empowerment and beauty from the inside out. 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 4 feet and told they can never be a model. They are my ‘it’ girl".
This was not Talisha's first time showing at Fashion week and her first show had been in September 2016 in a church. "The pastor was mad because we came early and church was still going on and we were loud. You have to start somewhere," White shared.
"The mission of my business is to change the world one stitch at a time, but I know I’m not going to do that just by making pretty dresses. It’s going to be the women who wear those pretty dresses. People like Marian Avila and Tae McKenzie, who are breaking boundaries in the fashion industry," she added.