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Diversely-abled models strike at discrimination at New York Fashion Week 18.Feb.2016

For the third year in a row, the FTL MODA runway has been recognized among the most acclaimed events of New York Fashion Week, as confirmed by Time Out New York, Vogue Italy, and many others.

While past seasons saw the debut of diversely able models like Jack Eyers (who went on to become Men's Health Magazine's Man of the Year), Shaholly Ayers (the amputee model who worked with Wilhelmina), and Madeline Stuart (the first model with Down's Syndrome on the international fashion catwalks),  Fall / Winter 2016 collections saw the addition of Fausto Di Pino, the cancer survivor and top model represented by Elite Milan.


The show featured new models like 6-year-old Gianna Schiavone, making her runway debut.

Said producer Ilaria Niccolini:

"The choice of models serves a very important purpose: to create a ripple effect not only in the fashion industry, but the world at large.

"We want to help create a better world for children like Gianna Schiavone: a world where they won't have to endure a lifetime of bullying."

Ilaria Niccolini Production, Fashion Week Online, and Global Disability Inclusion will soon be revealing a new project – with exciting new partners to be announced – called #UnitedInStyle.

The #UnitedInStyle concept will mark a first step with the opening of the FTL MODA in-house talent agency for the fashion, arts, and cinema industry, open to diversity, and managed by Shaholly Ayers.