Fashion Week

epaselect epa04130539 Models present creations by Japanese designer Takafumi Tsuruta for the label ha ha during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, Japan, 18 March 2014. The presentation of the Autumn/Winter 2014/15 collections runs from 17 to 22 March.  EPA/TOMOYUKI KAYA
Models present creations by Japanese designer Takafumi Tsuruta during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo, Japan, 18 March 2014. The presentation of the Autumn/Winter 2014/15 collections runs from 17 to 22 March. EPA/TOMOYUKI KAYA

Some people may be wondering why a blog about overcoming adversity is sharing an articles about a fashion show. Believe it or not, there is a connection between the fashion show and models who have one or more adversity.

Excerpt of Article by Associated Press

A Japanese designer is challenging accepted ideals at Tokyo Fashion Week, with a collection unveiled by models who are blind, wear prosthetic limbs or use a wheelchair.

In his unorthodox show for the “tenbo” brand, Takafumi Tsuruta chose a mix of disabled and able-bodied models, several donning a bright yellow wig, to showcase his quirky designs.

He is the latest designer to celebrate disability at a major fashion week, after an actress with Down’s Syndrome and a male amputee graced runways this year in New York and Milan.

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Thanks to SBS for writing the article; Joseph HerscherSesame Street, and OK Go for addressing the topic in this post; YouTube for hosting the video; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture video, and text I used in this post.

2 Comments

  1. I love that fashion week is using individuals outside of what most consider the norm for models. I recall seeing the young woman with irregular skin tones on the show Next Top Model and I found her to be beautiful. I work with students who have intellectual disabilities and they are some of the most beautiful people I know because to me beauty is more about a great attitude then anything else. More power to fashion week for including all types and for boosting the self esteem of many.

    1. Cheryl, it is wonderful to see people with disabilities as fashion models. It helps increase awareness and it helps people appreciate their differences.

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