As human beings, for most of us change is hard to accept, we either try to run or delay the progress; but one thing that is certain is we can’t escape it as change is inevitable. What has been perceived as editorial and runway worthy has been grouped into a very slim bracket and very few designers and magazines go against the tide in their selection.
Helping in the progression of change, Spanish designer Dolores Cortés used Valentina Guerrero a 10 month baby girl suffering with Down’s Syndrome, in her swim wear collection at the recently concluded Miami Swim Fashion Week. Valentina made her runway debut when she was carried by the designer on stage at the end of the show. Also, this little beauty is the new face of the 2013 DC kids and is featured in the Cortés U.S catalogue. Cortés further vowed to donate 10 percent of the profits from Dolores Cortés Kids USA sales to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami.
Others who are pro-change with in the fashion industry are Nordstrom and Target. Earlier this year have both used Ryan Langston, a 6 years old model who also has Down Syndrome in their campaign ads and with in their catalogues.
Ready are not, the time for change has arrived even though the fashion industry is continuing to drag its feet regarding the issue of diversity right across the board. But in good stride, the bracket will become bigger with room for all!