New York Fashion Week 2021 was its usual glitzy affair with over 91 designers showcasing their latest trends on the catwalk, but one in particular made history.
Aaron Philip became the first disabled model for a major luxury fashion brand at the Moschino tea-party inspired show in Manhattan’s Bryant Park wearing an eye-catching canary two-piece with a matching bralette.
In a statement Philip said: “It’s been a long time coming and I’m just completely grateful to God and to everybody who has ever supported me in any capacity.”
“I hope this is the start of more and inspires and empowers more global brands at the same level to truly work towards including and normalizing disabled presences and talents in their showcases. Disabled people, models and talents matter so much and we can do so much as long as the steps are taken to accommodate us properly.”
“Black trans girls and women matter and are beautiful and I thank God that we are being realized more and more for the gentle souls that we are.”
Celebrating the show on her Instagram page Philip said her “life has changed” since becoming a professional model.
Philip was born with in Antigua and Barbuda, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby and at the age of 14 came out as gender-fluid.
In February 2020, Aaron Philip was featured on Beyoncé's website as a part of the "This is Black History" series of #BEYGOOD.
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