London - She wore denim shorts and a T-shirt for rehearsals, then went on to make her debut at New York Fashion Week in a £1 450 (R26 000) velvet dress with a gold filigree bodice.
It was a remarkable achievement for nine-year-old Daisy-May Demetre, from Birmingham – not least because she is the first child double amputee to model at one of the event’s official shows. Born with a rare bone defect that led to her having both legs amputated at 18 months old, she has been making her way in the competitive world of modelling on her prosthetic blades for the past year.
In New York on Sunday, she dazzled before an audience of hundreds in a wine-coloured dress with a flowing train by the French-inspired fashion house Lulu et Gigi, which specialises in luxury clothing for children.
Daisy-May said: "I couldn’t believe it when I was told I’d be the first person to walk down the catwalk, but as soon as the music started I lost all my nerves and just had fun.
WATCH: Double amputee Daisy-May Demetre walking the runway at Fashion Week