7-year-old double amputee makes modeling debut

This young model is jumping into the hearts of thousands.

According to Yahoo, Daisy-May Demetre was born with “underdeveloped fibular bones in both legs,” causing her parents to decide at an early age that she “have both legs amputated below the knee.” Now 7 years old, the Birmingham, England native has prosthetic legs, a passion for gymnastics and a modeling contract with British brand River Island.

Before winning her modeling contract, Demetre first strut her stuff down the runway at London Fashion Week, says Yahoo, eventually landing a contract with Zebedee Management, an “agency that specializes in disability-inclusive models.”

While River Island says Demetre’s energetic personality embodies their brand, her father Alex told London’s Times that his daughter’s purpose is much bigger than this one campaign.

“My original statement, which I stick by now, is that she will be the most influential [and] inspiring double amputee to have lived, ” he said. “The support we get through Instagram from other disabled and non-disabled people is what we are about — helping to put smiles on faces and inspire people to push and follow their dreams.”

Plus models take stand at London Fashion Week

Creating major change comes from the inside out — and that’s exactly what’s happening in the fashion industry.

According to Glamour, model Hayley Hasselhoff led a group of her model peers in a protest during London Fashion Week. Glamour reports that in union with a “campaign organized by plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be, the 25-year-old model and seven others posed in their underwear outside the London Fashion Week hub,” holding signs that said “‘Love Your Curves,’ ‘Curves Shouldn’t Mean Compromise,’ and ‘LFW—Where Are the Curves? according to the Evening Standard.”

Hasselhoff said that the move aimed to show that beauty comes in every size, despite the fashion industry’s tendency to portray only a slim standard of beauty.

“We want to give women everywhere the confidence to be who they are. This is only achieved by showing a wide variety of models, irrespective of size,” she said, according to Glamour. “By tearing up the one-size-fits fashion rule book, we hope to encourage any woman, whatever her size, to feel fabulous in their skin.”

Chief executive of the parent company of Simply Be Angela Spindler explained, however, that in an attempt to break down such rigid depictions of beauty to allow room for more, they aren’t about to resort to body shaming to achieve their goal.

“This isn’t about ‘skinny shaming’,” she said, Glamour reports. “We think that shape should be celebrated irrespective of size, and it’s time that the industry became more diverse—after all, fashion is for everyone.”

Amen to that.

Take Her Look [For Less]

Although Fashion Week wrapped up in New York City last week, the parade of this year’s newest fashions is continuing across the pond in London, and the shows are shaping up to be just as much about as those in attendance as the styles making their way down the runway.

According to InStyleone such fashionable guest was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who attended the Burberry fall/winter 2016 show on Feb. 22. Dressed in head-to-toe Burberry, the model wore a military-inspired coat over a pintuck blouse, which she paired with wide-legged trousers. She completed her look with a cool chain-link bag.

Huntington-Whiteley’s military-inspired look may seem fairly simple with its monochromatic color scheme, but don’t let that fool you. With military-style coats starting from the new collection starting at a cool $2,595, this entire Burberry look is sure to cost you a pretty penny. Although the price might be high, don’t give up hope yet — we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a military-inspired coat to rival Huntington-Whiteley’s Burberry number was no easy task, but the Military Faux Wool Coat in navy from Missguided offers a good alternative at a fraction of the price. Done in a darker navy, this coat features a similar double-breasted button style in a shorter length. Available for $85, this coat will form the basis of our look for less.

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The Military Faux Wool Coat in Navy, found on MissguidedUS.com

You’ll have to wear your new wool coat over a pintuck blouse, and this LC by Lauren Conrad number from Kohl’s is just the shirt for the job. This look-alike style will perfectly pair with your military-inspired coat for only $33.60.

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The LC by Lauren Conrad Pintuck Blouse, found on Kohls.com.

Completing our look for less is a pair of navy trousers, and the AB Studio Milan Straight-Leg Dress Pants from Kohl’s make great pants to finish off the look. These neutral trousers will easily become a wardrobe staple, finding their way into a number of going-out and work outfits alike. For only $29.99, these trousers will be well worth the small investment.

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The AB Studio Milan Straight-Leg Dress Pants, found on Kohls.com.

While Huntington-Whiteley’s head-to-toe Burberry look may cost upwards of $2,595, our look-alike ensemble will only set you back $148.59. With all the extra money we saved you, you can go out and buy some cute heels and a cool chain-link purse to accessorize your look.

Happy Shopping!