Disabled models to take to catwalk at international fashion show hinh anh 1Nguyen Thi Van (centre) at the press conference on November 19 (Photo: thethaovanhoa.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Some 30 disabled female models will grace the catwalk at the “I Am Beautiful. You Too!” fashion show in Hanoi on November 21, showcasing original pieces that fuse Western and Asian design styles.

No matter who one is – man or woman, poor or rich, with or without disabilities – people have the right to be respected and express their own values, Nguyen Thi Van, director of the Will to Live Centre, said at a press conference on November 19.

Held along with activities to celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3), this is the first fashion show for disabled Vietnamese women. It aims to change the stereotypical idea of beauty and promote a new perception of beauty stemming from diversity and difference.

The show is organised by the Will to Live Centre with the support of the UN in Vietnam, the Australian an Italian Embassies in Vietnam, Australia’s Flinders University, and fashion brands Chu La (Spain) and Bianco Levrin (Italy).

Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City are the show’s next destinations.-VNA