Marian Avila, a 21-year-old Spanish model with Down syndrome, fulfilled her dream of walking in New York Fashion Week thanks to an Atlanta designer she met through the magic of social networks.
And he did it with style on Saturday in the ballroom of a hotel in the center of the city in red and gold night looks, his parents and siblings in the audience and other models that have challenges at his side.
"I felt very happy and I really loved the track," Ávila said through a translator after Saturday's show. "I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers."
There are no barriers for women of all kinds is the mission of Talisha White, as a designer focused on graduation suits, parades and special occasions and also as an active contestant of the parade.
Model Marian Avila said she had always dreamed of walking in New York Fashion Week. She is in the photo above wearing a red dress in the NYFW program of designer Talisha White on Saturday
"I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers," said the 21-year-old. Avila is seen strutting on the catwalk during Saturday's show
Talisha White said she approached Avila (in the image on the track) on Facebook and asked her to be on his show.
Marian Avila is seen wearing an outfit from the Talisha White 2019 spring collection on the runway during Fashion Week on Saturday
A model that White knew had stumbled in line with a story about the dream of Avila's fashion week. She recounted the mission of White of Avila and they approached Ávila on Facebook.
"She has been a busy supermodel, she has met with all kinds of people," White said about the attention that Avila and his dream have received in the United States, his country of origin and throughout Europe.
& # 39; I'm very happy for her. She has been meeting with Vogue. She has been meeting with Harper & # 39; s Bazaar. He has been meeting in different exhibition rooms, different modeling agencies.
Ávila is from the Benidorm area, in the province of Alicante, in eastern Spain, on the Mediterranean coast.
She said she had dreamed of becoming a model since she was a little girl, and always wanted to walk in New York Fashion Week.
Avila, who has Down syndrome, said he felt "really happy" that his dreams of New York Fashion Week were fulfilled.
Tae McKenzie was also one of the models in Saturday's show. McKenzie has a rare form of epilepsy that causes strokes
"I practice every day," he said about the modeling. & # 39; I'm studying modeling and to become an actress & # 39;
He toured the catwalk with young and old models, including Tae McKenzie, who uses a wheelchair.
McKenzie has a rare form of epilepsy that causes strokes. She told WFMY2 that she wanted to go to New York Fashion Week to encourage other women and girls.
"There are so many people in my situation who do not believe drams are possible," he said.
& # 39; There's nothing you can not do. Doctors can say one thing, but God is always the last word, "added McKenzie.
White exhibited 43 dresses during Saturday's show. The dresses varied in color, almost like a rainbow. The 25-year-old designer said she wanted her colorful dresses to represent "the empowerment and beauty of women from the inside out."
"I wanted to show that not only one type of girl is beautiful, I like to show all kinds of girls, from parade girls to models in wheelchairs, models with Down syndrome, models that measure 4 feet and say they can never be a model They are my "that" girl, "he explained.
"I wanted to show that not only one type of girl is beautiful," said designer Talisha White. She is represented on the left celebrating her NYFW show
This is not the first time that White shows in the fashion week. His first show was in September 2016, in a church.
"The pastor was angry because we arrived early and the church was still going and we were loud," he laughed. & # 39; You have to start somewhere & # 39;
As for Avila, White "loves to give opportunities to girls to flourish and fulfill their dreams".
How will she do that?
"The mission of my business is to change the world stitching to the edge, but I know I'm not going to do that by just making pretty dresses, women will be the ones wearing those cute dresses," White said. "People like Marian Avila and Tae McKenzie, who are pushing the boundaries in the fashion industry."