The internet tends to play host to glossy photographs of fashionable young women but it takes a special type of female to play by their own social media rules.
Enter, Madison Lawson.
The 21-year-old suffers from two forms of Muscular Dystrophy disease and has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 9. Despite not having the ability to breathe independently and having her muscles weaken over time, which has drastically changed her body shape, she has chosen to face adversity head on with her inspirational Instagram page @wheelchairbarbie.
The page acts as Lawson’s personal runway with her 6,000 followers all taking a seat in the front-row. She frequently posts images of herself in chic, glamorous outfits and stylish off-duty attire.
“When I was younger, I knew fashion was going to be a big part of my life because when people knew me as the girl with good style rather than the girl in the wheelchair, I felt seen, not just looked at,” she told Teen Vogue.
“My body has changed with my withering muscles, giving me a curved spine and tilted hips from muscles that are too weak to support my frame.”
For shoppers like Lawson, the racks at the average department store offer as much diversity as an episode of Home & Away.
And it’s an understatement to say that those of us with free range of movement in our arms and legs don’t realise how easy it is to shop for clothes.
Although the fashion industry still has long way to go before one-size-fits-all becomes a thing of the past, fashion powerhouses such as Tommy Hilfiger and Nike are paving a new path.
Hilfiger launched his first-ever adaptive clothing collection in October 2017. Garments with adjusted seams, easy openings for dressing, velcro closures and adjusted leg openings were just some of the innovations offered in the range.
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