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Nine-year-old double amputee walks the runway at New York Fashion Week

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Model Daisy-May Demetre, nine, may one day be a household name.

Shes a double amputee who has worked major runways, alongside acting as an ambassador for luxury childrenswear label Lulu et Gigi.

Daisy-May has just added walking at New York Fashion Week to her impressive list of achievements, which includes London Kids Fashion Week and advertising for River Island.

She was born with fibular hemimelia, a birth defect where part or all of the fibular bone is missing. With both her balance and mobility affected, her parents decided the best option was for her to have below-the-knee amputations.

At 18 months old, she had surgery to remove both legs.

After her operation, she was fitted with prosthetic legs. She soon learned to not only walk but run, jump and do all the things kids her age do.

 Nine year old British double amputee Daisy-May Demetre walks the runway during LULU ET GIGI Couture at New York Fashion Week
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Once Daisy-May is done with NYFW, she will head to Paris.

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She will become the first double amputee child to walk a runway at Paris Fashion Week, according to Eni Hegedus-Buiron, the founder of Lulu et Gigi.

The child star was encouraged to get into the industry after dad Alex Demetre spotted an advert for Zebedee Management, an agency that focuses on diversity.

Proud dad Alex told CBS: Daisys a special, unique child doing stuff all the doctors told me would never really be possible.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Nine year old British double amputee Daisy-May Demetre walks the runway during LULU ET GIGI Couture at New York Fashion Week Powered by Art Hearts Fashion NYFW September 2019 at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on September 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)
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Eni Hegedus-Buiron, who chose Daisy-May as a brand ambassador for the Lulu et Gigi line, said she wanted people to see that beauty is not one-sided.

She said: Daisy is not different to anyone else.

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