Formerly Paralyzed Teen Walks Runway in Designer and Student Nina Perdomo’s Fashion Week Debut

By: Georgia Schumacher Filed under: Fashion

March 1, 2015

paralyzed teen on runway

Two years ago, Maryland teen Megan Silcott woke up paralyzed from the neck down. The athlete and aspiring model was stricken with Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis — caused by an undiagnosed case of mononucleosis — a rare neurological disorder that attacked her brain and spine.

After years of hard work to regain her mobility, Megan was able to achieve a major milestone thanks in part to Nina Perdomo, an Associate of Applied Arts in Fashion Design student at The Art Institute of New York City. Nina debuted her “Paradigm” collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week and asked Megan to model one of her designs.

Megan Silcott on MBFW Runway

Nina says she designed the collection for confident women, making Megan the ideal model as she worked the runway the first time with the assistance of a walker and the second time in a wheelchair.

This type of woman is strong, outspoken, and knows exactly what she wants from life,” says Nina, who is currently a ready-to-wear intern at Diane Von Fürstenberg. “I call her ‘the conscious woman.’ The conscious woman likes to wear edgy silhouettes, textures, colors, prints, and isn't afraid of being distinct.

Nina was one of 12 student and alumni designers of The Art Institutes system of schools chosen to premiere their collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on February 17. Watch the full runway show and meet the designers here!

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By: Georgia Schumacher Filed under: Fashion

March 1, 2015

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