Fashion Week First: Behind the Scenes with Little People Models

by 4:05 PM PST, February 13, 2015
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Perceptions are being changed at New York Fashion Week as several models are making history at the event.

This year marked the first time that New York Fashion Week featured little people as models and ET spoke to them before they hit the stage.

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"It's little people getting to be models for the first time, which is so exciting," model Sarah Folkins told ET. "I think that's very refreshing."

Model Colleen Theriault pointed out that more diversity in fashion helps present a more accurate representation of the world beyond the catwalk.

"I don't think all models need to be a certain height or certain weight because there are different people out there that are different sizes," Theriault told ET. "And it should show that you don't have to have this perfect, skinny body and be a certain height to model somebody's clothes."

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"Curvy women, six-foot-tall women, four-feet-tall women, we should all have the same opportunity to show what we got," model Melissa Hancock agreed.

Another NYFW first was American Horror Story's Jamie Brewer becoming the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway.

The 30-year-old actress is the latest participant in designer Carrie Hammer's "Role Models Not Runway Models" campaign Hammer started when she was first asked to show her line at Fashion Week last year. The designer wanted to represent the women who bought her clothing, and featured real-life inspiring women such as her friend, Danielle Sheypuk, a doctor and a sex therapist who uses a wheelchair.

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