Alexandra Kutas is paralyzed from the waist down and lives her life in a wheelchair but insists her disability won’t deter her dreams of becoming a model. She made her first modeling debut at Ukraine Fashion Week. She says she wants ALL designer shows to include wheelchair-bound models.
This young model is making her debut at Ukraine Fashion Week despite never being able to walk.
She’s from Kiev, Ukraine, has been featured in several exhibitions and been invited to work as a hostess at Ukraine Fashion Week later this year.
She’s determined and hopes that by working the exclusive event it will open doors for a career in high-end fashion. As well as balancing her modelling career with her day job as a physiologist, she is also fighting for better facilities for wheelchair users.
Alexandra, who suffered a spinal cord injury during birth, said: ‘I was first interested in the idea of becoming a model when I was 16.
‘I was spotted by a photographer when I was in a cafe one day and she invited me to do a shoot – I was so inspired and realized that modelling was what I wanted to do.’
Alexandra adds that she hopes to use her position to change the landscape of the modelling industry for wheelchair users.
‘Because of a birth injury I could never walk and have always been in wheelchair.
‘But I’m hoping that Ukraine Fashion Week will be a chance to meet designers and voice my own concepts.
‘I have so many ideas about using model with disabilities and I have an idea of how it should look.’
Normally I write about Hispanic women and their empowering moves, but this can’t be ignored. Alexandra is making history and making it so people in wheelchairs can feel beautiful too.
This is starting with her empowering women, but this will eventually move to men being a part of this movement as well. She is inspiring others and is the pioneer in this movement.
Her hard work and determination is just the beginning and the results that can come from this. You go girl!