Daisy May Demetre, 9 year-old double amputee model
Nine-year-old Daisy-May Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth defect, will become the first double amputee to walk the runway in Paris Fashion Week on Friday, when she will model for children's wear label Lulu et Gigi inside the Eiffel Tower.
Model for Paris Fashion Week
Model Daisy-May Demetre, 9 year-old double amputee who will walk the runway during Paris Fashion Week, gets her hair done a day before the show of luxury children's wear label Lulu et Gigi in Paris, France
She told Reuters Television she loves putting pretty clothes on and posing for the camera. "I get my hair done, then I get my make-up done and then I put my dress on, and my legs, and I get on the catwalk. Sometimes I do not even feel different," she said.
After seeing a TV show about fashion, her father proposed modelling to her and since then she has worked for several major UK clothing retailers.
Her disability is an actual gift
Daisy May's father said, "When she was born, we thought it was going to be the end of the world. How people were going to look at her and perceive her, like boyfriends, and husbands. Now I see that she was a gift. Her disability is an actual gift and she wears that gift with pride. It does not hold her back in any way."
It's all about inclusion
Lulu et Gigi founder Eni Hegedus-Buiron said she had no second thoughts about hiring an amputee to model her luxury children's clothing, which can cost as much as $2,600 for a 'Princess and the Pea Gown'.
"We bring her among the other girls. We have a curvy teen model. We have models with Down syndrome. Inclusion is for all different children," she said.
Her father had suicidal thoughts
Her father Alex Demetre told Reuters he had taken to drinking and gambling after she was born and even had suicidal thoughts worrying about how her handicap was going to affect her life.
The young model's photo shoot days
Born in Birmingham, Britain, Daisy-May's lower legs were amputated due to fibular hemimelia, a lack or shortening of the calf bone when she was 18 months old.
She started modelling for UK clothing brands a year ago and has walked at the London Kids' Fashion Week in February and at the New York Fashion Week earlier this month.
Daisy May's catwalk confidence
Daisy May uses carbon blades for running and on the catwalk, she even did a cartwheel in them at the London show but for school she has a different set of prosthetic legs.