Mexican fashion show features models with disabilities

Guadalajara, Mexico, Jul 17 (EFE).- About 30 people with disabilities modeled clothing designed with their physical limitations in mind at the Feria Intermoda, a fashion show in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara.

The young models, whose disabilities range from blindness to motor problems, made their way down the runway, posing for photographers and interacting with the audience, which responded with applause.

Ana Gabriela Moreno, a 26-year-old paraplegic, told Efe that she had liked designing clothes from the time she was a girl but spent many years competing in various sports.

The young woman now hopes to get into modeling even though she uses a wheelchair to get around.

"I want to exercise more and I would love for them to talk to me about the next runway shows and photo sessions. This is a very good experience for those of us who have disabilities," Moreno said.

Moreno wore a jacket and slacks ensemble created by Maritza Peña, and she asked the Mexican designer to "make the sleeves tight" on the arms to keep them from being scuffed by the wheelchair's wheels.

The slacks feature zippers on the side to make it easier to change clothes, a task that "is very complicated" for paraplegics, Moreno said.

The models wore clothing created by seven designers from Mexican brands, such as Sara Bustani, Farenheit and Jancarla, on the runway.

Intermoda, which ends on Friday, is showcasing the work of 37 designers.

More than 950 exhibitors are at the fashion event and nearly 23,000 visitors are expected to attend the different shows.