Josefa Da Silva Catwalk Champions Diversity At New York Fashion Week

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Josefa da Silva debuted her autumn/winter 2016 collection at the FTL Moda presentation as part of New York Fashion Week today, and it was a major step for diversity.

The runway show included Madeline Stuart, the world’s most famous model with Down's syndrome, alongside amputee models Rebekah Marine and Gianna Schiavone - who walked the runway together.

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Rebekah Marine and Gianna Schiavone

28-year-old Marine, who was born without a right forearm, started modelling four years ago when she was fitted for a prosthesis - an i-limb quantum prosthetic hand, one of the most advanced in the world.

She has since dedicated herself to a career in modelling, even after years of rejection from agencies that wouldn't look past her disability.

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Madeline Stuart

The show also marked 18-year-old Stuart's second appearance on a NYFW catwalk.

This has been one of her many recent accomplishments in the past year - including completing a triathlon and being the first professional model with Down's syndrome to be the face of a cosmetic brand.

View the full collection in our gallery below:

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