"22-year-old Latina with Down Syndrome makes historic debut at New York Fashion Week, proving limits are meant to be broken"
On February 10, 2020, Sofía Jirau, a 22-year-old Latina model with Down Syndrome from Puerto Rico, fulfilled her childhood dream of modeling in New York by walking the runway at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). She is using her platform to prove that there are no limits to what an individual with Down Syndrome can achieve.
Jirau's NYFW debut left the fashion big shots at designer Marisa Santiago's show impressed as she showed off her impeccable modeling skills. Her loving family made sure to fly all the way from Puerto Rico to support Jirau during her big moment on the runway, making the day all the more special and memorable for the aspiring model.
She now plans to travel to Europe and show off her modeling skills at the highly sought out runways there. A team of volunteers has devoted their time to help her accomplish her goals and work out the logistics behind her fashion and photoshoots. They're already working towards helping her achieve her new goal of modeling in Europe.
Besides her modeling career, Jirau is also focusing her time and energy on her dream of becoming a successful businesswoman with her own clothing line named Alavett. The brand's name has an adorable story behind it, as it came from how Jirau spells out her favorite words to say: "I love it."
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