NINE-year old Daisy-May Demetre, whose legs were amputated due to a birth defect, became the first double amputee to walk the runway during the Paris Fashion Week on Friday, modelling for children's label Lulu et Gigi inside the Eiffel Tower.

Born in Birmingham, Daisy May's lower legs were amputated due to fibular hemimelia - a lack or shortening of the calf bone - when she was 18 months old.

She started modeling a year ago and has walked at the London Kids Fashion Week in February earlier this month.

''Here to making History - that's what we do,'' she said on her Instagram account, which showed a picture of Daisy-May and her father Alex in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Daisy-May uses carbon blades for running and on the catwalk - she even did a cartwheel in them at the London show. But for school, she has a different set of prosthetic legs. She loves putting pretty clothes on and posing for the camera.

''I get my hair done, then I get my make-up done and then I put my dress on and my legs and i get on the catwalk. Sometimes, I do not even feel different,'' she said.

Alex admitted he had taken to drinking and gambling after she was born and even had suicidal thoughts worrying about how her handicap was going to affect her life.

After seeing a TV show about fashion, he proposed modeling to her and since then, Daisy-May has worked for several major UK clothing retailers, including Nike.

Lulu et Gigi founder Eni Hegedus-Buiron said she had no second thoughts about holding an amputee to model her luxury children's clothing.

''We bring her among the other girls. We have a curvy teen model. We have models with Down syndrome........ Inclusion is for all different children,'' she said [Reuters]


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