Thanks to a little help from social media a model with Down's syndrome fulfilled her dream to walk at New York Fashion Week.
21-year-old Marian Avila, from Spain, managed to meet Atlanta designer Talisha White who's message is 'no barriers for women of all kinds'.
White was made aware of Avila's fashion week dreams online and once she learned of Avila's quest, reached out to her on Facebook.
Avila's dreams finally came true when she was strolling down the runway, modelling White's gowns with pride and confidence in the ballroom of a Midtown hotel, with her parents and siblings in the audience.
"She's been a busy supermodel, meeting with all types of people,' White told the Associated Press of the attention Avila and her dream have received in the United States, her home country and across Europe. She continued:
I'm very glad for her.
She's been meeting with Vogue.
She's been meeting with Harper's Bazaar.
She's been meeting in different showrooms, different modelling agencies.
She walked the runway with models young and old, including one in a wheelchair, Tae McKenzie of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a young girl who also has Down's syndrome.
White also cast Tae McKenzie, who uses a wheelchair and has a rare form of epilepsy, as a model in her New York Fashion Week show.
Speaking about the event, she explained:
I wanted to show not just one type of girl is beautiful.
I like to showcase all types of girls, from pageant girls to models in wheelchairs, models with Down syndrome, models who are 4 feet and told they can never be a model.
They are my ‘it’ girls.