Fashion Week is certainly an inspiring time, with designers sending the most-beautiful creations down the runways. But we don't think anything will be as moving as what — or rather, who — designer Carrie Hammer had walk on her runway.
For the first time ever, a quadruple amputee modeled at New York Fashion Week. Karen Crespo, a 30-year-old Los Angeles native who contracted bacterial meningitis and had to have all four limbs amputated, reached out to Hammer after seeing a woman in a wheelchair at her Fall 2014 show, and the two quickly connected. The show, which took place today, wasn't just Karen's time to shine. "She's one of many incredible women," Hammer, who has focused her efforts on designing workwear for underserved professional women, said of her impressive roster of models. "Our job as designers is to make women feel beautiful."
Watch the moving video and see Karen's runway debut, below, and keep reading for our exclusive interview with the designer.
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