MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The models brought the looks and Memphis Zoo brought the wild encounter at a recent fashion show supporting a very special cause. More than a dozen models strutted down the catwalk, showing off glamorous designs in the recent "Rocking My Extra Chromosome" event which featured models with Down syndrome.
Before the show began, while the models were getting the full hair and makeup treatment, Memphis Zoo Animal Interpreter Liz Harrell made her way around the room introducing each model to Darwin, a San Esteban Chuckwalla. Models asked questions, took photos and even got to pet the lizard. The encounter created even more excitement in a room already full of ecstatic energy. But that's not the only reason Memphis Zoo was a part of the event.
One lucky model from the fashion show also received an upcoming special photoshoot at Memphis Zoo, which will feature an exotic animal encounter. Additionally, the Zoo donated general admission tickets to the participating models and their families.
The fashion show was made possible with the help of an organization called The Art of Runway. According to The Art of Runway's Facebook page, this fashion show is all about empowering and boosting the confidence of people with Down syndrome. It is described as an experience that "has proven to build confidence and leave an amazing feeling that will last a lifetime."
Memphis Zoo is proud to partner with organizations like The Art of Runway that give back to local communities and make a positive impact on others.