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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