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Advocacy Group Pro Infirmis Creates Realistic Disabled Mannequins

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Updated 12/5/2013 3:53pm
Advocacy Group Pro Infirmis Creates Realistic Disabled Mannequins
Media Courtesy of Venusbuzz.com

Dani Strehle

Content Editor

I hope you’re all ready for a daily dose of inspiration, and maybe even a few tears. Have you ever looked at a dress or a suit on a mannequin and thought to yourself: “Man, I wish I was built like a mannequin so that killer dress would look that good on me.”? I know I have, and that’s just because I’ll never be a size zero like most of the mannequins. But what about people who have actual physical disabilities and deformities? Clothes are not made to fit them, and mannequins certainly aren’t made to reflect their bodies; until now, that is. Pro Infirmis, an organization that focuses on advocacy for the disabled, has created several mannequins that are scale models of their real-life inspirations, according to The Huffington Post. The project has been dubbed “Because Who Is Perfect? Get Closer.” The video is powerful and moving, and showcases the models being measured and photographed, so that their respective mannequins would look realistic. Jasmine Rechsteiner, a crowned Miss Handicap, suffers from malformations of the spine; Erwin Aljukić doesn’t let his brittle bone disease deter him from his acting career. These are the unsung heroes. The people whose bodies simply decided to form a bit differently than what is considered “normal.” Does this mean they should be ignored? Thankfully, Pro Infirmis doesn’t think so. And, while the mannequins are a beautiful testament to equality, the fact that these mannequins were actually showcased in Zurich storefronts in honor of International Day Of Persons with Disabilities is even better. It’s a small step, but a significant one to be sure. Fortunately, it seems to be an increasingly popular one. Models of Diversity works at bringing models of all forms to the spotlight, while Nordstrom has been practicing body-awareness in their stores since 1991. Check out the video below and be inspired, people. It truly is a beautiful thing to behold. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8umFV69fNg&w=560&h=315] http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped https://pop-wrapped.tumblr.com http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped https://pop-wrapped.wordpress.com http://www.PopWrapped.com
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