8-Year-Old Double Amputee Cartwheels Down The Catwalk At London Fashion Week
Daisy Demetre was modelling for Panda London, a brand that is putting diversity at the heart of its clothes
24 February 2019
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She told the Press Association: “We also wanted children who represented the brand personally so we also invited children from council estates and children from diverse backgrounds.
“We believe everyone needs to be represented and we will always provide a platform for inclusive diversity.”
Alongside Daisy on the catwalk was Katie Renshaw, an 11-year-old model with cerebral palsy who was unable to walk until life-changing surgery a year ago.
On Saturday, she needed only a stroller for support to help her navigate the catwalk in her second show for Panda.
“She loves it,” Katie’s mum Clare Millerick told the Press Association. “She said it was just the best weekend of her whole life.”
Both Katie, from Cheshire, and Daisy are represented by Zebedee Management, an agency that specialises in representing diverse models.
And Jen believes that displaying diversity in their shows is essential for brands.
“This is the real world,” she said. “These people are out there and they deserve a platform.
“If you’re not representing them, if you’re not putting them in your clothing, I don’t see why they should shop in your store.”