About two years ago, I met an ambitious New York City fashion designer named Carrie Hammer through a few simple tweets. A week or so later, I'd managed to land a social media internship with her that would in turn change the course of my life in more ways than I could imagine.
It's uncommon that such an opportunity like this that I have been so blessed with comes by in life, but it's even more rare for a person to be so close and hands on in the process of watching history in the making. Through her "Role Models, Not Runway Models" campaign, Carrie Hammer featured the first ever model in a wheelchair in NYFW. She was also the first to ever feature a quadruple amputee on the runway. Less than a week ago, she made history yet again by incorporating the first model with Down Syndrome to ever walk in NYFW.
The responses have been awesome. It's amazing to read and reply to stories and comments from so many people from all over the world who have been inspired by it all.
The best models really are role models.