Models roll out on the Runway

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Fashion Without Borders

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) Russia made heads turn as some fashion designers decided to break barriers by introducing disabled models onto the catwalk.  The models walked down the runway with a wide range of disabilities; young people who are blind, have Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Others were in wheel chairs and even gold medal winners from the Russian Paralympic Team.

“This season Week opens new names in the Russian fashion scene and shows a collection for people with disabilities. This will help make the world a wider and brighter for people with special needs and to reconsider the traditional stereotypes about fashion” – said Jan C. Madeo, General Director of “Mercedes-Benz Russia.” Fashion United

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“Undoubtedly, seeing happy faces of people you’ve done work with is always a pleasure! But a much more positive charge given communication itself with guys who do not have some physical abilities, but not devoid of the desire to live, enjoy, and wonder.”said Dima Neu.

"Мода без границ" в рамках недели моды "Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia"

“Apparel for women who use a wheelchair, has its own characteristics: for example, the skirt should be inflated rear waist, be of more dense material to be tailored so as not to fall into the wheel.” –Daria Razumikhina

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Dmitriy Neu presents a sporty collection that can be worn by anyone.

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Designer Sabina Gorelik makes a fashion statement with her edgy collection.

All of these compelling and powerful photos were taken by Getty Images.

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