“All Inclusive arises from the need to give visibility to people with disabilities and thus generate perceptions of equality and that they have social inclusion in the same circumstances as any other person.”, explained Silke Lubzik, president and founder of Changing Models.
This catwalk was organized by the foundations Changing Models Y kadimaand was carried out for the recognition and respect for diversityas well as raising funds for promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
In this second edition, 24 models participated, 14 of them have some disabilitylikewise the presence of three internationally recognized designers in the field of fashion.
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“We have three Mexican haute couture designers: Iann Dey, Sereno del Sordo and Armando Takeda. And we have 24 models with and without disabilities who will be wearing those beautiful clothesLubzik commented.
On the other hand, for the models, this was a great opportunity to show that the inclusion and diversity can be everywhereeven in fashion.
“When I found out about the whole part of this inclusive catwalk, giving visibility to people with disabilities, in the media I said: wow, what a (good) father and of course! So this message of inclusion is great and I think it is very necessary at this time”, explained Uriel Osorio, who suffers visual disability.
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For Osorio, being on this catwalk required hours of mental preparation, because he was aware that he had to be attentive to sounds and handle the cane properly.
“We prepared ourselves with modeling classes, which they gave us hereOsorio assured. “They were modeling classes, how to stand up, how to walk, how to pose, how to do all that vibes and the truth is that yes, right now I feel calm, but anxious to get on (the catwalk)”, he added.
Another of the models that participated in the All Inclusive Runway in CDMX is Germán de la Rosa, an audio engineer with amputation of his right leg, his intention in being at this event was to show that people with disabilities are no different.
“(Show) that we are not a species, that we are not people who need special treatment, that we are not limited to doing an activity that we like, that we are like everyone else in order to express with our bodies what we are as human beings ”said de la Rosa.
De la Rosa, who is also a cancer survivor, believes that this runway serves to convey his life experiences and his inner beauty.
“Everyone cares about always looking good on the outside, but with this experience of going through rehearsals, being with many people who have that human value, I realize that beauty is totally internal that one can shine from the inside out.”, affirmed the molo.
Both models ensured that Mexico still continues to be a country in which work must be done on inclusion of people with disabilities.
“I feel that we are still light years away from being in a completely inclusive country, that really includes people with disabilities and with any different characteristic.”, Osorio specified.
Likewise, they considered that this type of event can sensitize society.
“That (in) fashion anyone can be a model, that anyone can participateDe la Rosa commented.
With information from the EFE Agency.