A 9-year-old British schoolgirl is set to make history after she becomes the first child double amputee to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.
Daisy-May Demetre has been chosen as a model for the French-inspired fashion line Lulu et Gigi Couture after its founder saw her modeling in London.
Her appearance at the prestigious New York Fashion Week on September 8th will mark the first time a young double amputee has starred in the show.
The Birmingham schoolgirl is also set to strut her stuff in Paris Fashion Week at the end of next month.
Daisy-May’s legs were amputated as a result of being born with fibular hemimelia, a birth defect in which part of the fibular bone in the leg is missing.
Her parents, Alex and Claire Demetre, were shocked to learn of her condition after a doctor consulted a baby scan and informed them that the child would “have no legs”.
Her parents Alex and Claire were given the difficult choice of either watching Daisy-May grow up with deformed feet that she wouldn’t be able to use or allowing doctors to perform a double amputation.
Hoping prosthetics would give her a better quality of life, she had the bottom of both limbs removed when she was just 18 months old.
Her parents never dreamed that their daughter would go on to become a fearless gymnast, as well as a model for Boden, Britain’s largest clothing catalogue.
“We didn’t know at the time that Daisy-May would be as good as she is now,” said Alex. “At the time, I was pretty isolated myself—I had a drinking problem and gambling addictions.
“That has all changed—and that’s down to her taking each day with a big smile on her face,” he added. “She motivates me and I motivate her.”
Daisy-May got her big break in modeling as a result of Alex watching TV on his day off. He saw a feature from Zebedee Management, a modeling agency which casts children with disabilities in ad campaigns, and got in touch with them on a whim.
Since taking up modeling, Daisy-May has also worked for Nike and Matalan, and represented Lulu et Gigi at London Kids’ Fashion Week.
Daisy-May’s career has since sky-rocketed in popularity, and she has been inundated with interest from people wanting to cast her in modeling projects and advertisements.
Lulu et Gigi founder Eni Hegedűs-Buiron said: “For me, a child is a child and thus is beautiful and perfect,” she added.
Alex, meanwhile, says that he couldn’t be more proud of his daughter.
“[Daisy is] going to be making a little bit of history,” he boasted. “It is a good thing she is first to do it, but going forward, we want child amputees to be modeling at these shows all the time.
“Disability doesn’t stop you; it definitely doesn’t stop Daisy. She is fitter than most grown men I know.
“But the modeling doesn’t define her, it is just a part of what does,” he added. “She just does Daisy, the way she goes about life with a smile on her face.
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