Liv­ing the DREAM

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show­rooms, dif­fer­ent mod­el­ling agen­cies.”

Avila is from the Benidorm area, in the prov­ince of Al­i­cante in east­ern Spain on the Mediter­ranean coast. She was ac­com­pa­nied by her par­ents and sib­lings. At home, she said, “I prac­tise every day,” re­fer­ring to her love of mod­el­ling.

“I’m study­ing mod­el­ling and to be­come an ac­tress,” Avila said.

She walked the run­way with mod­els young and old, in­clud­ing one in a wheel­chair, Tae McKenzie of Char­lotte, North Carolina, and a young girl who also has Down syn­drome. White’s 43 looks were shown like a rain­bow with glim­mer­ing beaded em­bel­lish­ments on some in red, pink, gold, white, black and rose. Some pageant queens walked the run­way, too, with a few in the au­di­ence, their sashes and crowns in place.

White, 25, thought of a rain­bow to rep­re­sent “women’s em­pow­er­ment and beauty from the in­side out”, she said.

“I wanted to show not just one type of girl is beau­ti­ful. I like to show­case all types of girls, from pageant girls to mod­els in wheel­chairs, mod­els with Down syn­drome, mod­els who are 4 feet and told they can never be a model. They are my ‘it’ girl.”

This isn’t White’s first time show­ing at fash­ion week. Her first show was in Septem­ber 2016, in a church.

“The pas­tor was mad be­cause we came early and church was still go­ing on and we were loud,” she laughed. “You have to start some­where.”

As for Avila, White “loves giv­ing girls op­por­tu­ni­ties to blos­som and ful­fil their dreams”.

How will she do that?

“The mis­sion of my busi­ness is to change the world one stitch at a time, but I know I’m not go­ing to do that just by mak­ing pretty dresses. It’s go­ing to be the women who wear those pretty dresses,” White said. “Peo­ple like Mar­ian Avila and Tae McKenzie, who are break­ing bound­aries in the fash­ion in­dus­try.”

—AP

Model Mar­ian Avila wears an out­fit from the Tal­isha White 2019 spring col­lec­tion on the run­way dur­ing Fash­ion Week

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