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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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Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Fashion Week”

  • Cheryl Rudi says:

    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.

    • Scott says:

      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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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.