Modelle e Rotelle (translated to “Models and Wheels) is the only fashion event of its kind. People in the disability world have been trying to get disabled models integrated in the fashion world for years, and while there’s been some hits, it’s been a limping struggle. When was the last time you saw someone a wheelchair rolling down the catwalk? That’s what I thought…

That’s why I’d love Modelle e Rotelle. I believe this is how disabled models will finally break into the industry. We all know the human eye can get bored; we need variation, even when watching models on a catwalk. This is why designers are afraid of using just models in wheelchairs. So the idea, mixing AB models and disabled models together in a grand showcase, has come about, and the show keeps getting bigger each year.

Modelle e Rotelle happens at the Sheraton in Rome each December. The show is in its third year and had their second show last month, December 1, 2012, with models from all over the world participating. The show had several Italian models (many of whom were disabled Italian women who just happened to be beautiful and into fashion), Russian