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In a world where beauty is so subjective and focused on perfection, Tommy Hilfiger shocks the world by launching an adaptive wear line for children with different abilities.
The line was inspired by Mindy Scheier, founder of the nonprofit organization, Runway of Dreams. Her muse: Her 11-year-old son, Oliver, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. According to Glamour Magazine, the collection includes 22 pieces for boys and girls, sizes 4 to 20; the tops, pants, jeans, and dresses are adaptations of other Hilfiger styles. They have magnetic closures instead of buttons, adjustable pant legs to fit foot braces and adjustable sleeves for the limb difference.
Tommy Hilfiger has proudly partnered with Runway of Dreams™ to create a very special collection addressing the challenges the differently-abled community faces each day when getting dressed. Founder of Runway of Dreams was quoted, saying:
“Clothing can empower, clothing can create confidence, clothing can make a difference.”
I proudly acknowledge the effort made by the designers for creating solutions to everyday challenges parents and children face, when it comes down to functioning daily with our physical differences. This is long overdue, and the images we see on billboards and magazines can now truly reflect the genetic make up of humanity and sometimes it comes in different forms, shapes, and sizes.
“Our company has always embraced the diversity of our customers,” Gary Sheinbaum, the CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Americas, said in a statement to People. “Runway of Dreams helped further our understanding of the differently-abled community’s unique needs, and with this knowledge, we hope that we will be able to better serve them.”
Disability does not have to be frowned upon. People are born differently and that is okay! In fact that is what makes us beautiful and unique. Year after year, we are inundated with the same perceptions of beauty, but for the first time, you can be considered the standard of beauty even if you are in a wheelchair. It is okay, to see beauty through the eyes of loving and supportive parents; who live and raise their children in a society where everyone is expected to be “perfect.” What does perfection mean anyways? Perfection should be confidence and how you choose to live your life. Being thankful for living, laughter, and love. These models are absolutely perfect just the way they are. We are eager to see more clothing industries follow in the footsteps of Tommy Hilfiger to serve the 73 million children in the U.S.,where 1 in 10 children are differently abled.
To learn more about this Adaptive, visit: usa.tommy.com
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