Our culture has such a split personality. On the one hand we’re aborting babies with disabilities. Like crazy.
Which is exactly what we are to think that we’re wise enough to know what constitutes a life worth living.
Ninety-two percent of babies with Down Syndrome, for instance, never see the light of day. On the other hand, perhaps there’s hope for the future.
Meet Valentina Guerrero
Valentina Guerrero, who recently turned one (this photo is two or three months old), is the new lead model for the 2013 DC Kids, according to MSNBC. That’s the kids’ swimwear collection of Spanish swimwear designer Dolores Cortés.
It’s not the first time a person with disabilities has landed a modeling gig. Target hired another model with Down Syndrome last winter. And Nordstrom recently hired Angela Rockwood, who is quadriplegic, for their new ad campaign.
But it’s another giant step up the ladder of inclusion to be chosen as cover girl for the collection of a leading designer.
The designer introduced Valentina at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 in Miami this summer. Cortés told AdWeek:
People with Down Syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities. I’m thrilled to have Valentina modeling for us.
Reaction from the media and the blogosphere has been overwhelmingly positive. Ecstatic, even.
Congratulations, Valentina! You are beautiful, and you do deserve the same opportunities as the rest of us. And including babies with Down Syndrome in swimsuit collections is a lovely start.
Perhaps, with time, you’ll be able to encourage parents.
To begin including the other 92%.