ibMilwaukee was proud to be a sponsor of Milwaukee Fashion Week 2016, and was extremely excited to introduce their employee, Deborah Ambro-Crandell, as the first, and only, blind model to hit the runway!
From an entire show with blind models at New York Fashion Week this past spring, to a partially blind model making it to the final 11 on America’s Next Top Model, the world of fashion is swiftly redefining the concept of beauty. The once exclusive industry is trailblazing a new path of inclusion and giving ‘beautiful’ a brand new meaning.
Milwaukee Fashion Week is no stranger to taking a leap of faith, and stretching the standard acceptance of ‘modeling’. They are focused on providing an opportunity for local industry professionals to showcase their talents, but are also leaders in giving those with disabilities a chance to shine and truly represent their community. Last year they showcased their first model with down syndrome in the lineup; she also returned to the runway this year.
Deborah rocked the runway on Thursday evening, modeling an earthy, but trendy outfit designed by B.A.Q.. Her strength, confidence and inner grace shined through as she stepped in front of the crowd and proudly raised her white cane in the air in an ultimate display of her truly amazing character.
Fashion is truly about being who you are, and enjoying what you do. ibMilwaukee and Milwaukee Fashion Week shattered the stereotypes of blind modeling and showcased the possibilities, not disabilities. With over 60 models, Deborah truly stood out and made an impact for the BVI community.
“I’m excited. I’m totally nervous as well,” Deborah stated, “but it’s a great opportunity to kind of showcase that blind women are into fashion as well.”
You can watch Deborah’s interview with WTMJ 4
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