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.”
L’Oreal Paris is on a mission to make beauty more inclusive, and their mission continues with Maria Borges.
A regular Victoria’s Secret model, Borges was recently named the new face of L’Oreal Paris, according to ELLE. Borges first made a name for herself in the industry back in 2015, says The Cut, after walking the runway of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with natural hair.
In addition to fronting ad campaigns for the beauty brand, ELLE reports that her new position allowed her to “elect one model to make her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week, Olamide Ogundele from Nigeria.”
As for Borges herself, The Cut shared that she is ready to promote inclusivity and facilitate change.
“I believe in the beauty of diversity and the empowering message that a girl who started from the bottom can be an international beauty symbol and be living proof that our dreams are valid, and the future ahead of us is bright.”
Chrissy Teigen held back nothing in an exchange with E! News when it came to equal representation in both modeling and the entertainment industry at large.
According to Marie Claire, she told the entertainment news outlet that she wants it to become normal to see Asian models walk down the runway and even see broader representations of Asians in popular culture items, such as film.
“I think it’s really important to start embracing people…seeing them in roles that are not necessarily ‘That Asian Girl’ or ‘That Asian Boy,'” she said. “In movies you’re like ‘Oh, this Asian girl is dating this white guy’ — I want that to be normal.”
Refinery29 said she also touched on cultural appropriation, offering that there is a fine line being honoring and whitewashing a culture:
“I personally am not offended by cultural appropriation of any sort because I feel like it does pay homage, but at the same time there are a lot of beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Asian women that could do the same thing.”
Millie Bobby Brown is not only known as 11 on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, she is also becoming one to watch on red carpets. As People reports, the actress has worn a custom Armani creation to the SAG Awards and scored a place as the face of the new Calvin Klein by Appointment line — all at 12 years old.
Now, the young star is set to add another item to her fashion resume: a signed model. People reports that Brown officially landed a modeling contract with IMG, a global modeling agency that boasts names such as Chrissy Teigen, Gal Gadot and Hari Nef.
While People says we will have to wait until Brown is the regulation age of 16 to see her take her turn down the runway, we’re pretty sure that — judging by her recent fashion moments — it will be well worth the wait.