At the recent Indian Runway Week 2017 when the audience was expecting to see Bollywood stars (it rained glamour BTW) on the ramp, a 23-year-old model in a wheelchair grabbed everyone’s attention and stole the show with her sheer confidence, grace and strength.

Alexandra Kutas is arguably the world’s first wheelchair-bound model. She was the show-stopper for designer-duo Nikheil and Rivendra at the India Runway Week. While the Ukrainian model was excited about her debut on an Indian ramp, the audience loved her for making a powerful statement.

Despite having suffered a spinal-cord injury at birth, which caused paralysis from waist down, Alexandra has defied all odds to achieve the feat.  She is breaking barriers and shattering taboos in the fashion industry.

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“Ever since I began modelling in Ukraine, people’s perception towards diversity has changed. Brands like me after seeing my photos but the moment they see me on a wheelchair, they back out. I’m trying to break those barriers. With my passion and professional ethics, I’m as good as any other model even if I’m wheelchair-bound,” Kutas told Deccan Chronicle

Alexandra was discovered by a photographer five years ago. “When I started in Ukraine, no one thought that the girl in the wheelchair could be a model. But now, I am doing this not only at home, but all over the world. Unfortunately still, the market is not diverse. But I know for a fact that no matter what happens to my career, there’s going to be a day when it’s going to be totally normal for a disabled person to be a model. Fashion is not just about fancy clothes, It reflects the society we live in. So we will evolve,” she explained, Hindustan Times reported.

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Donning a dazzling look in a blue gown, Alexandra is definitely changing the fashion world’s definition big time.

Among well-known faces, singer Ankit Tiwari walked the ramp for designer-duo Apash and Shruti on Day 2 of the event. Singer-actress Shibani Dandekar also walked the ramp for Niti Singhal’s Twee-In-One.

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Here’s wishing Alexandra luck in all her ventures! You go girl!

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Feature Image Credit: Oddnaari.in

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