On June 9th, 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to walk in the Runway of Dreams Gala event honoring Tommy Hilfiger's CEO Gary Sheinbaum.
Runway of Dreams recently partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to create an adaptive collection for children. Read the story on PEOPLE.
Growing up, I struggled with things like putting my hair in a ponytail, tying my shoes, etc. But I'll never forget the struggles I faced learning to zipper my own jacket.
Check out how I zipper a jacket with one hand:
My mom was a big believer in letting me learn it on my own; she didn't want to coddle me in any way (which I'm so grateful for now).
Adaptive clothing is so important and greatly overlooked in this industry. People don't realize how important it is to kids to fit in with the others and not feel "disabled" in any way. Runway of Dreams is giving people all over the world to wear fashionable clothing without having the struggles that many "differently-abled" people face.
I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet Jillian Mercado, a wheelchair user who is a fashion model represented by IMG Models, one of the few professional disabled models in the fashion industry. I was so honored to have been able to share the runway with her.
Check out some other photos from the event!
Photo credits: Juli Ann Polise, Zimbio, JKP Photographers, Neo Tony Lee