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9-year-old double amputee walks Paris Fashion Week catwalk

Model Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron for luxury children's wear label Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, September 27, 2019. Nine-year-old Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth defect, became the first double amputee to walk the runway in Paris Fashion Week, when she modeled for Lulu et Gigi inside the Eiffel Tower.

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Model Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron for luxury children's wear label Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, September 27, 2019. Nine-year-old Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth...more

Model Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron for luxury children's wear label Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, September 27, 2019. Nine-year-old Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth defect, became the first double amputee to walk the runway in Paris Fashion Week, when she modeled for Lulu et Gigi inside the Eiffel Tower. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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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 modeling 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.

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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 modeling for UK clothing brands a year ago and has walked at the London...more

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 modeling 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. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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"Here to make history, that's what we do," she said on her Instagram account, which showed a picture of Daisy-May and her father Alex in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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"Here to make history, that's what we do," she said on her Instagram account, which showed a picture of Daisy-May and her father Alex in front of the Eiffel Tower. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

"Here to make history, that's what we do," she said on her Instagram account, which showed a picture of Daisy-May and her father Alex in front of the Eiffel Tower. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Daisy-May Demetre gets her hair done a day before the show. She told Reuters Television she loves putting pretty clothes on and posing for the camera. "I get my hair done, then I get my makeup 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.

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Daisy-May Demetre gets her hair done a day before the show. She told Reuters Television she loves putting pretty clothes on and posing for the camera. "I get my hair done, then I get my makeup done and then I put my dress on, and my legs, and I get...more

Daisy-May Demetre gets her hair done a day before the show. She told Reuters Television she loves putting pretty clothes on and posing for the camera. "I get my hair done, then I get my makeup 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. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Daisy-May Demetre is seen during a photo shoot a day before the Lulu et Gigi show. 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. After seeing a TV show about fashion, he proposed modeling to her and since then she has worked for several major UK clothing retailers as well as for sports brand Nike Inc.

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Daisy-May Demetre is seen during a photo shoot a day before the Lulu et Gigi show. 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...more

Daisy-May Demetre is seen during a photo shoot a day before the Lulu et Gigi show. 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. After seeing a TV show about fashion, he proposed modeling to her and since then she has worked for several major UK clothing retailers as well as for sports brand Nike Inc. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Daisy-May Demetre is seen a day before the Lulu et Gigi show. "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," he said.

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Daisy-May Demetre is seen a day before the Lulu et Gigi show. "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....more

Daisy-May Demetre is seen a day before the Lulu et Gigi show. "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," he said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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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.

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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...more

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. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Daisy-May Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. Demetre 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.

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Daisy-May Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. Demetre 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...more

Daisy-May Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. Demetre 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. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Daisy-May Demetre is seen during a photo shoot a day before the show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Daisy-May Demetre is seen during a photo shoot a day before the show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Daisy-May Demetre is seen during a photo shoot a day before the show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Daisy-May Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Daisy-May Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Daisy-May Demetre poses for a photograph a day before the show. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by Lulu et Gigi. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by Lulu et Gigi. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Daisy-May Demetre presents a creation by Lulu et Gigi. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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