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Ukrainian Wheelchair Model - Alexandra Kutas
[Break Your Chains and Break Through the Limits]

I’ve an idea to walk on the runway and let everyone see: A girl in wheelchair can also be seen as a topnotch professional model.
  - Alexandra Kutas
Leading the disabled to break the limit of challenges
Alexandra Kutas, the Adviser to the Mayor of Dnipro City, Eastern Ukraine’s aviation science and technology city, was born with a spinal cord injury and paralyzed from her lower back downward due to a serious medical misconduct by a doctor at the time of her birth, thus causing her wheelchair-bound since childhood. Not only has she faced with various discrimination look but must also overcome the obstructing hardware and software facilities everywhere.

The meticulous care from her grateful parents and teachers at all levels in school for their support has convinced her that she would never stay low, back down and become autistic because of her physical and mental disabilities, but would always be self-satisfied to live in dignity, live in hopes, and live in love.

As a result, she achieved excellent results in everything from primary school to university and ranked among the best.
When she graduated in first place from high school, in particularly, she was immediately recruited as a journalist of the Life Group of Ukraine International Television Station. The subjects she interviewed included various creative people, life warriors, inspirational programs, public welfare activities, etc. and received great response from the community. In 2009, she won the UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund” Bright Report Award and went one step further to be the top student to enroll in the Psychological Faculty of Dnipropetrovsk National University. During her four years in university, she had been trained to become an invincible woman to conquer all obstacles despite her disabilities.

To chase her dream of becoming a model, she was rejected by model agencies cruelly 516 times one after another in 4 years, and always been told that: “Oh yeah you’re very beautiful, we like your photos and are touched by your story, but we don’t think the market is ready to accept a disabled model.”

 Alexandra Kutas has never given up to become a model, but always turning the incompleteness into perfection, transforming the dream into hopes, and becoming more and more courageous.

On March 1, 2017, just over 23, she finally debuted in a fashion show on Kyiv Street in the capital of Ukraine. Not only has her personal dream come true in that event, but also a victory in Ukraine and the world for all physically and mentally disabled.
When Alexandra Kutas dressed in a long black dress, seated on a wooden throne and lifted by four tall and handsome men on the runway, the audience gave a sigh of admiration, and she won the Italian Fashion brand FTL Moda on the spot. Her further performances at the New York Fashion Week, AFP, Associated Press, CNN, BBC, NHK, Daily Mail, Al Jazeerd and other international media had synchronously made headlines, thus rocking Europe and the United States and touching the world.

She is justified as Ukraine’s first internationally recognized fashion model with disabilities.

The most commendable is that she stood up and led the Ukrainian physically and mentally handicapped to say goodbye to autistic and face the sunshine. Not only has she encouraged everyone to live dignity and live in love, but also went to the front line of war in eastern Ukraine that lost some 10,000 loved ones to care for the sad families and cheered up more than 23,000 injured and disabled people.

Alexandra Kutas’s dream has finally come true due to her stern belief on never give up, break through obstacles, break the chains, and break through the limits. She has also encouraged tens and thousands of people with disabilities to break the discrimination and meet the challenges. She thus deserves to be praised as the world’s first “runway model in a wheelchair” and stood out among 2616 candidates of Loved Life Medal from all walks of life in the world and won the “21st Fervent Global Love of Lives Award” in 2018 from Chou, Ta-Kuan Foundation in Taiwan. The Foundation always welcomes recommendations for life warriors from all walks of life in the world who are hardworking, benevolent, courageous, and have made great accomplishments, etc. (Fervent Global Love of Lives Award recommendation hotline of Chou, Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation of Taiwan: 02-29178770, Fax: 02-29178768, Address: 3F, No. 52, Mingde Road, Xindian District, New Taipei City, Website: http://www.ta.org.tw, e-mail: ta88ms17@gmail.com).

Defeated death at six years old
Alexandra Kutas was born on May 11, 1993 in Dnipro, Ukraine’s eastern aviation science and technology city. Due to multiple factors such as placenta previa and massive loss of blood while laboring, both mother and daughter were in critical condition, and the use of a birth enhancement apparatus by an inexperienced on-duty physician had caused injury to her spinal cord. When she was born, she was diagnosed with paralysis in the lower back and speculated that she could not live pass six years old.

Under the meticulous care of her parents, she visited many famous doctors and constantly tried spas, electrotherapy, and other rehabilitation treatments. After going through arduous and painstaking treatments, the paralyzed lower body of Alexandra Kutas has finally stabilized without getting worse, but her upper body is astonishingly beautiful.

The family of Alexandra Kutas uses love to resist disabilities, allowing her to live mysteriously.

Youngest award-winning journalist
Alexandra Kutas struggled with life and death since childhood and endured all kinds of hardships of disabilities. She deeply realizes that if she does not take the initiative, does not make a sound, and does not come forward, nobody will bother, no organization will ever pay attention, and it will not possible for her to rise above the crowd.
She cherishes all kinds of opportunities for learning, regardless of various competitions inside and outside the school, or the variety of cadres of student activities. She would fight for them actively and turn the obstacles into love. She is always a winner in almost every game, and is also a protector in various activities for the disadvantaged classmates.

So, immediately after graduated from high school, Alexandra Kutas was recruited as a journalist by the Life Group of Ukrainian International Television Station.

She interviewed and reported on the life warriors in each corner of the country with empathy for the physically and mentally handicapped. Through every real shot, she shared her touching stories and inspired tens of thousands of people to say goodbye to autistic, face the sunshine, live in dignity, live in hopes, and live in love. This has caused great repercussions from various circles at home and abroad. Therefore, it won the UNICEF Bright Report Award and is the youngest award-winning journalist ever since.

Refused 516 times but never gave up
Alexandra Kutas was enrolled in the Psychological Faculty of Dnipropetrovsk National University and was deeply impressed by British designer Alexandra McQueen who had once employed disabled people as models. She often uses holidays to participate in many fashion celebrity activities to observe, experience, and learn in person.
Although the cultivation of model is extremely difficult as every move and every word is highly knowledgeable, and one must properly control on food, clothing, living habits, movements, education and entertainments. She resolutely steps forward to break the chains and break through the limits, determining to fulfill her model dream.

During her four years in university, not only did she try her best at every minute, but also constantly sent her resumes to domestic and foreign model companies. Among them, she was rejected 516 times, but she fought harder and harder and never gave up.

Alexandra Kutas never feels discourage and never complains about her ill fate. Some model companies simply ignored her, and some would give warmth refusal, saying that: “Oh yeah you’re very beautiful, we like your photos and are touched by your story, but we don’t think the market is ready to accept a disabled model.”

She had always been discriminated as a disabled girl before walking on the runway, and also needed to endure tears and sweat in every step and every turn of her body until achieving the melodic beauty. She has witnessed the saying in Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea,” quoting that: “Our physical body can be defeated, but we’ll never give up our will.” She never gives up but rolls on the runway in a wheelchair.

Breaking the chains and establishing a model of worldwide wheelchair sports
Alexandra Kutas broke through the limits by treating 516 refusal applications as a rebirth. She is particularly thankful for the first Ukrainian designer Fiodor Vozianov to give her a chance to become a new symbol of hope.
Whenever she appears, she would proudly display her flawed beauty.

On March 1, 2017, Alexandra Kutas won herself a space in the fashion field and proudly demonstrated her flawed beauty.

The 23-year-old Ukrainian wheelchair beauty often hears the rejection reasons from the model company: “They told me I’m very beautiful, but they didn’t know how to place me on the runway because the market is still immature.”

Alexandra Kutas was physically disabled due to a medical accident, which prevented her from walking and can only be moved around in a wheelchair. After years of training, she is able to achieve maximum sleep and passed all the tests before the high-end fashion shows.
The Ukrainian designer Fiodor Vozianov was the first designer who gave Alexandra Kutas her first job opportunity, and she never thought she would be able to take part in a runway show with zooming cameras until she met Fiodor Vozianov.

 Under the recommendation of designer Fidoor Vozianov, Alexandra Kutas magically showed up on the runway at the fashion show in Kyiv.
Showing as one of the models in Kyiv Fashion Week, the audiences were greatly impressed by every turn and every move she made on the runway. For wheelchair beauty who started to resist the stereotype imposed by the industry since adolescence, that was a great achievement she has made indeed.

On a wooden throne carried by four men, Alexandra Kutas wore a glittering classic black dress at the fashion show. She told the international media: “I want to prove that a girl in a wheelchair can also be seen as a first-rate professional.”

Her wish can be traced back to a long time ago. One day, she saw the British designer Alexander McQueen choosing the leg amputee Aimei Mullins in the Paralympic Games as a model in 1999. That event has inspired her dream to go into the fashion industry.

She appealed to international agencies to be able to intervene in the fashion industry, but her request was never to be seen or heard of again.

In 2012, when she was at lunch in a restaurant, a photographer approached her and recommended her to steer the wheelchair on the runway. She readily accepted, thereby opening up a miracle opportunity for her.

 After being discovered by a photographer in 2012, her dream career has been on the rise since then.
She suffers from a spinal injury due to a medical error at birth and has to face special challenges due to disabilities. As her schools did not have escalators or ramps while she was studying, so she needed her father and grandfather to assist her every day.

“It’s tough in Ukraine as everything seems to turn out very difficult for a person with limited physical activities.”
 What’s more, steering the wheelchair up on the runway full of audiences is like climbing Mt. Everest.

She always strives for inclusion and eliminates social prejudices.

“As of today, I think the world is ready - Alexandra Kutas yells to the international media.”

She admitted excitedly. This’s a huge step indeed for a country that has long been subjected to discrimination. In the Soviet era, the disabled must not be seen.

In the modern modeling career, Alexandra Kutas’s virgin show was part of a photo exhibition by Andrey Sarymsakov – “Break Your Chains.” In that show, he has brought out the talents of people with different abilities.

There’s also a reason for modern civilization. Just like any culture, fashion should be inclusive.
Turning obstacles into love and breaking through the limits
Alexandra Kutas has turned the story of fashion in a wheelchair, thus rocking Europe and the United States and moving the world. She has since then receiving tons of touching letters from the global physically and mentally handicapped and their parents.

Everyone is convinced that everybody is born useful. Everyone has a stage to break through the limits, including all people with disabilities.

Her performance on the runway has redefined the concept of beauty and fashion, and also broke the taboo of models by affirming that regardless of full moon and crescent moon, they are both beautiful.

After leaving Ukraine, the fashion scenes in New York, Paris and Milan are broader and more humane, and there are many opportunities for models. Alexandra Kutas invited fashion professionals to show off their talents and set an example for others to pursue their own ideals.

She believes that she can succeed. The fashion industry has finally ready to express the truth of this delicate and complex world that we live in.

Every time she performs on the stage, she hopes her works will inspire and promote the well-being of people like her.

Her other work focuses on raising awareness of the plight faced by people with disabilities, such as the lack of convenient infrastructure.

As barrier-free facilities are rare in her home country, they would hinder the mobility of all physically disabled people and their integration into society.
 Alexandra Kutas began to cooperate with her American friend Blake Wind to fight for human rights for all disabilities. They work together on a video program to help promote universal and inclusive designs around the world and actively seek out more collaborators.

In addition, she is a courageous person to volunteer in helping the Ukrainian soldiers who fought against the Russian attack. She hopes to attract more volunteers at home and abroad in the near future.

As she is especially already a beautiful woman in the wheelchair being sought after by the fashion community, after signing up the “Changing the Rules of the Game” fashion show, her modeling dream has come true!

‧The Ukrainian wheelchair model performing on the runway is a proof of skeptics’ mistakes!
‧Alexandra Kutas will always be proud to be employed as an Advisor by the Mayor of Dnipro, Ukraine!
‧She was born with a spinal cord injury and is never able to walk, but she never gives up!
‧She faces discrimination in her professional career, especially from modeling agencies. It is high time for a change!
‧She has become a new list for famous fashion designers!

Persistent in the end and speak for the global disadvantaged
 After starring in a groundbreaking fashion show, a young Ukrainian model with a paralyzed waist has fulfilled her dream.

Alexandra Kutas said that she used to face discrimination in the past, but her hard work has paid off. She has become the world’s first professional model to perform on the runway in a wheelchair.

Alexandra Kutas, who lives in Dnipro, Ukraine, told the international media before the show that her fashion show was a “game changer” in the fashion world.

At the show, everyone saw her bringing along with a Ukrainian special chair.

Paralyzed from her waist downward, Alexandra Kutas started to participate in every fashion show with groundbreaking postures.

Alexandra Kutas rehearsed in a chair specially designed for her.
She said to every people: “I think this’s possibly a big era in the fashion industry that really changes the rules of the game!”
 She wants to let all children with disabilities to know that even if it is difficult, if you are enthusiastic enough, you can still achieve anything.
Alexandra Kutas suffered from a spinal cord injury at birth and can never walk, but this did not prevent her from chasing her dream.

With the help of a New York friend Blake Wind, she always acts actively in a wheelchair. She is contacted and consulted by all famous fashion designers to show her unique beauty in every runway fashion show. She has let everyone amazed: Life is priceless, there’s beauty as well as love in the world.

Alexandra Kutas who is also an Advisor to the Mayor of Dnipro, Ukraine, serves as a consultant on the accessibility of urban infrastructure for the disabled. She said: “Because I was injured at birth, I can never walk but sit in a wheelchair for life, but I never give up in pursuit of my dream.”

She believes that as long as we persist in the end, everyone can change the fashion world.
Every time she performs, she always gives an opening speech: “Modeling is a quite challenging career. There’s a great responsibility, so I still have a long way to go. But after I’ve become a model that everybody admires, I want to motivate people in the world with disabilities to live in hopes. As long as everybody works hard and has hope, everyone can definitely fulfill his/her dream like me.”

She wants to work with all loving and forward-looking designers to accomplish a vision: that is, a kind of fashion that possesses no limits to anyone.

Alexandra Kutas, who suffered a spinal cord injury at birth can never walk, but this did not prevent her from chasing her dream.

After her own dream has come true, she will not hesitate to stand up and endorse for the global cancer children, physical and mental disabilities, and other vulnerable groups, hoping that all walks of life in the world will benefit all people with disabilities, and give them more opportunities to break through the limits.