This Boston Bombing Survivor Walked The Runway To Make A Statement About Overcoming Adversity

"Giving her another chance to tell her story."

Lesley Hampton made an empowering body positive statement at Vancouver Fashion Week.

The inclusive fashion designer selected Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet to open her latest #BEBODYAWARE Fall/Winter 2017 runway show. 



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Courtesy of Dale Rollings

The body positive message continued with models of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds walking in the show. Other models included Irish plus-size model and Be Body Aware Project founder Tia Duffy.

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Courtesy of Dale Rollings

The Be Body Aware Project is a global fashion and education project with the goal of "celebrating diversity to make changes to the universal standards of beauty. And this is something that Hampton is passionate about. The fashion designer specializes in evening wear, which she hopes will bring out the "inner confidence" of women.

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Courtesy of Dale Rollings

The designer explained to A Plus about casting Haslet in her show, "I chose Adrianne to model for my brand so I could use the VFW platform to bring diversity in any shape or size to the runway and to the fashion media. The concept of this runway was inspired by The Golden Hour, which is the hour [immediately] following a tragedy and considered the most critical for successful emergency treatment. Adrianne is the perfect exemplar for this concept with her recovery from the Boston tragedy and her drive to not only return to the ballroom dance floor, but become an advocate to empower others. Having Adrianne on the runway and in media will show her strength to persevere after a terrorist attack, and give the viewer a similar strength to overcome any personal adversity they might be experiencing, with each sunset from the Golden Hour leading to a new day."

She added on Instagram:

"Looking forward to the future with strong ladies and inclusivity, and diversity on runway and in images in media."

Haslet took to Instagram after the show to express what an honor it was to open and and close it. 

Courtesy of Dale Rollings
Courtesy of Dale Rollings


She also used the opportunity to raise awareness about the Sarah Marie Design Studio pins and sweatpants that help to support Limbs for Life, a global nonprofit organization which helps people afford prosthesis and that provides support.

"Off duty style in my favorite joggers! Back in stock at @sarahmariedesignstudio Perfect after your long runs, traveling, or interviewing backstage at @vanfashionweek Pins on website too! Five dollars from every purchase of the amputee #runningblade pin goes to #limbsforlife to help someone run, walk, stand tall to kiss their loved ones while looking them in the eye, and return to the workforce! Or even dream big to walk in a fashion show and be accepted for all your stunning imperfections. #vfwfw17#modelsafterhours #bostonstrong#adriannestrong #amputee" 

When asked about the experience, Haslet told A Plus via email, "I was walking in celebration of Lesley Hampton's work, not only her work on the incredible Fall Winter 2017 collection, but her work of inclusivity. She represented models of all body types on her runway. It is my life's work to show other amputees that they can do anything. We are not broken, we are simply missing pieces. Once we have that piece, our options are limitless, as you see." 

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