At the recently-concluded New York Fashion Week, model Lauren Wasser set an example for all those who think that disability is a curse. The 28-year-old model who lost her right leg to toxic shock syndrome in 2012 got back to the ramp this year again by sheer will force and the support from the fashion frat. Lauren made her catwalk debut after the accident wearing a gold prosthetic limb. Interestingly, Lauren is not the only one, even as a host of amputee models are included in fashion shows in the West. But would our fash frat in India think of following suit, and give a chance to differently-abled people to walk the ramp, if they otherwise make the cut as models?
FDCI president Sunil Sethi says, “While the industry has certain parameters when we select models for our shows, we should also keep in mind that beauty has various forms and we should celebrate that.” A person so determined ought to be given a chance, feels Sethi. “We are the ones who set perspectives and therefore, only we can bring about the change,” he says. Couturier Nikhil Mehra also thinks on the same lines and says, “Design is about determination and we as designers believe in that. It doesn’t matter if the person in an amputee. If the model has that spark to pull it off, he breaks all the stereotypes.” Designer Varun Bahl adds, “I think it is a beautiful thought and I would certainly like to try this in my shows.”
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