The Standard: (New York Fashion Week) Spanish model Marian Avila breaks stereotypes

Marian Avila, 21, who has Down syndrome, says she really loved the runway at New York Fashion Week. «I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers.”

Marian Avila, a 21-year-old Spanish model with Down syndrome, fulfilled her dream to walk at New York Fashion Week thanks to an Atlanta designer she met through social media.
And she did it with flair Saturday in the ballroom of a Midtown hotel in evening looks of red and gold, her parents and siblings in the audience and other models who have challenges by her side.
«I felt really happy and I really loved the runway,” Avila said through a translator after the Saturday show. «I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers.”…