【仿生手臂模特走上纽约时装周】

Rebekah Marine是一名戴着仿生假手的模特,她将于9月13日登上纽约时装周的FTL Moda秀,她天生没有右前臂一度放弃做模特的想法,直到四年前她装上了利用姿态控制技术制作出来的假手,她决定重新走入模特界。

http://mashable.com/2015/09/01/bionic-arm-modeling/

Model with bionic arm will walk at New York Fashion Week

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Rebekah Marine, a model with an i-limb quantum prosthetic hand, will walk in New York Fashion Week on Sept. 13 in the FTL Moda show.

The 28-year-old was born without a right forearm. She was told at a young age that she wouldn’t have a future in modeling. She quickly gave up the idea, went back to school and worked a more traditional full-time job.

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That wasn't enough for her — she decided to start modeling when she was fitted for a prosthesis about four years ago. She realized she could turn her disability into something inspirational and become a spokesperson.

Now, with her i-limb quantum — one of the more advanced prosthetic hands made with gesture control technology — she was embraced by some in the industry. Marine walked in February’s NYFW and shot with Nordstrom for its 2015 anniversary catalog.

Others still struggle to see past her disability.

“Being a model with a disability has been extremely difficult over the past couple years,” she tellsMashable. “Agencies often won't even look at my portfolio. But I've come to realize it's all about finding your niche. I've accepted that most clients may not want to work with me based on my ‘disability.’”

Marine is joining other models with disabilities, such as 18-year-old Madeline Stuart, a model with Down syndrome who will also be strutting down the FTL Moda runway.

“It's so important to include more diverse models, because after all, nearly one in five people in America have a disability,” Marine says. “We should be celebrating uniqueness, not conforming to what the media thinks is beautiful.”

Marine works with the Lucky Fin Project, an organization that raises awareness and support for those with upper limb differences, in order to teach children that their disabilities do not have to be limit their future.

"Above all, I hope to land on the cover of Vogue one day — that's my personal goal. And I won't stop until I get there."


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