Photos: Double amputee girl aged 9 debuts on Paris Fashion Week

Nine-year-old Daisy-May Demetre created history by becoming the first double amputee to walk the runway in the Paris Fashion Week. Born in Birmingham, Britain, Daisy-May's lower legs were amputated due to fibular hemimelia - a lack or shortening of the calf bone - when she was 18 months old. However, her disability hasn’t stopped her from inspiring the world. Her father Alex Demetre confessed that he was apprehensive about her future when she was born, but now he’s proud of how she has emerged as a role model.

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Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by Designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron for luxury children’s wear label Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week inside Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France. Nine-year-old Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth defect, became the first double amputee to walk the runway the prestigious show. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by Designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron for luxury children’s wear label Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week inside Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France. Nine-year-old Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth defect, became the first double amputee to walk the runway the prestigious show. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

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Demetre seen a day before the show. Born in Birmingham, Britain, Daisy’s lower legs were amputated due to fibular hemimelia - a lack or shortening of the calf bone - when she was 18 months old. She started modelling for UK clothing brands a year ago and has walked at the London Kids’ Fashion Week in February and at the New York Fashion Week earlier in September. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

Demetre seen a day before the show. Born in Birmingham, Britain, Daisy’s lower legs were amputated due to fibular hemimelia - a lack or shortening of the calf bone - when she was 18 months old. She started modelling for UK clothing brands a year ago and has walked at the London Kids’ Fashion Week in February and at the New York Fashion Week earlier in September. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

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Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. Her father Alex Demetre told Reuters he had taken to drinking and gambling after she was born and even had suicidal thoughts worrying about how her handicap was going to affect her life. After seeing a TV show about fashion, he proposed modelling to her and since then she has worked for several major UK clothing retailers as well as for sports brand Nike Inc. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. Her father Alex Demetre told Reuters he had taken to drinking and gambling after she was born and even had suicidal thoughts worrying about how her handicap was going to affect her life. After seeing a TV show about fashion, he proposed modelling to her and since then she has worked for several major UK clothing retailers as well as for sports brand Nike Inc. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

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Demetre during a photo shoot a day before the show. Demetre during a photo shoot a day before the show. “When she was born, we thought it was going to be the end of the world. How people were going to look at her and perceive her, like boyfriends, and husbands. Now I see that she was a gift. Her disability is an actual gift and she wears that gift with pride. It does not hold her back in any way,” he said. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

Demetre during a photo shoot a day before the show. Demetre during a photo shoot a day before the show. “When she was born, we thought it was going to be the end of the world. How people were going to look at her and perceive her, like boyfriends, and husbands. Now I see that she was a gift. Her disability is an actual gift and she wears that gift with pride. It does not hold her back in any way,” he said. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

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Demetre gets her hair done a day before the show. “Here to make history, that’s what we do,” she said on her Instagram account, which showed a picture of Daisy-May and her father Alex in front of the Eiffel Tower. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

Demetre gets her hair done a day before the show. “Here to make history, that’s what we do,” she said on her Instagram account, which showed a picture of Daisy-May and her father Alex in front of the Eiffel Tower. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

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Designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron and Demetre pose for a photograph a day before the show. Buiron, who is the founder of Lulu et Gigi, said she had no second thoughts about hiring an amputee to model her luxury children’s clothing, which can cost as much as $2,600 for a “Princess and the Pea Gown”. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

Designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron and Demetre pose for a photograph a day before the show. Buiron, who is the founder of Lulu et Gigi, said she had no second thoughts about hiring an amputee to model her luxury children’s clothing, which can cost as much as $2,600 for a “Princess and the Pea Gown”. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

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Demetre during a photo shoot a day before the show. She uses carbon blades for running and on the catwalk - she even did a cartwheel in them at the London show - but for school she has a different set of prosthetic legs. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

Demetre during a photo shoot a day before the show. She uses carbon blades for running and on the catwalk - she even did a cartwheel in them at the London show - but for school she has a different set of prosthetic legs. (Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS)

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