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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

The world of fashion is notoriously a parade of homogeneity. While certain brands make valiant attempts to diversify the faces and designs that represent their lines, it’s true that there is a world of progress to be made. Which leads us to our praise and worship for Sofía Jirau.

Sofia Jirau is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican model with Down Syndrome.

She is, to say the least, a true jefa whose recent appearance on the runway at a New York Fashion Week show is undoubtedly a game-changer. While walking the runway this past week, the model lived out her dream of not only modeling in New York but also shaking up its fashion scene.

“When I was little, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m going to be a model and a businesswoman,’” Jirau told People in a recent interview.

And just look at her now.

Jirau got her start back in 2019 when she signed with INprende, an agency that works to represent models and faces like Sofia. Since making her deal, Jirau has gone on to model for designers like Kelvin Giovannie and Marisa Santiago. 
“I was born for this and I want to show the world that I have everything a model needs to shine,” Jirau wrote in a post about her NYFW debut on Instagram.

Here’s to hoping for more of this!

This Beauty Pageant Queen Is Trading Her Crown For Her Doctor Scrubs To Help Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic

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This Beauty Pageant Queen Is Trading Her Crown For Her Doctor Scrubs To Help Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic

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Bhasha Mukherjee won Miss England back in 2019 and took a career break as a junior doctor. The beauty queen had resolved to hang up her scrubs and focus on humanitarian work until August after receiving an invite to be an ambassador for several charities.

Bhasha Mukherjee took a career break as a junior doctor after competing in the Miss World pageant in December 2019.

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“I was invited to Africa, to Turkey, then to India, Pakistan and several other Asian countries to be an ambassador for various charity work,” Mukherjee told CNN in a recent interview.

Up until recently, the 24-year-old contestant winner had been living in India for four weeks on behalf of Coventry Mercia Lions Club. There she visited schools with donations and gave money to a home that supports abandoned girls. But according to CNN, as the coronavirus began to darken back in her home in the UK she began to receive messages from her former colleagues at her old hospital, the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Their stories of battling the hardships that come with the coronavirus moved her and ultimately Mukherjee made the decision to return to work.

Mukherjee has spoken up about her decision citing the various deaths around the world for inspiration to get back to work.

“When you are doing all this humanitarian work abroad, you’re still expected to put the crown on, get ready… look pretty. But.. I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work,” Mukherjee explained to CNN. “I felt a sense of this is what I’d got this degree for and what better time to be part of this particular sector than now.”

Mukherjee returned to the UK on Wednesday after working with the British High Commission in Kolkata to fly from India to London

“It was incredible the way the whole world was celebrating all key workers, and I wanted to be one of those, and I knew I could help,” she said. “There’s no better time for me to be Miss England and helping England at a time of need.”

Mukherjee says that she will self-isolate too.

As per requirements, Mukherjee will be in self-quarantine for two weeks until she returns back to work as a doctor at Pilgrim Hospital. As a practitioner in respiratory medicine, there is no doubt her presence as a physician is much needed during this time in which Coronavirus symptoms primarily come with chest and breathing issues.

TikTok Queen Rosa And Her Creator Adam Ray Okay Get The Magazine Spotlight

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TikTok Queen Rosa And Her Creator Adam Ray Okay Get The Magazine Spotlight

Even if you are living under the rock now called self-quarantine, if you’re online you probably definitely heard about Rosa. Within just a matter of months, the fun-loving jefa with crooked ashes and some shocking cheek contours has won over fans.

The character, created by Instagram and TikTok user AdamRayOkay has shot to fame, even getting invitations from Rihanna to her Fenty Tik Tok house. In a recent interview with Paper Magazine, the newly minted TikTok star spoke about her rise to social stardom and the crazy world we are currently living in.

Speaking about quarantine life, Rosa had a message of fans to remain positive and keep their chin up.

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“I’m just trying to stay positive [and] I want to make other people feel positive,” 20-year-old Adam Ray Okay told Paper. “So I’m just trying to put as much content on there as possible, on the internet. Just because right now both the internet and the actual real world are in a really dark place. So yeah, I’m just trying to stay positive.

On what inspired them to create Rosa, Okay explained she was easy to come up with because everyone can relate to her.

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“I had downloaded the TikTok app and I was just scrolling, doing my thing. I wasn’t really thinking of making my own content. And then I just got inspired by myself, my childhood growing up and, like you said, everybody knows this Rosa character and I felt that she had been forgotten about… So once I brought her back, everybody was just so familiar with her and that’s why I felt she did really well,” Okay said, going onto explain that just about every Latino knows a girl like Rosa. “She’s everywhere. So, even if you didn’t grow up with somebody like her, you know how she is. She’s predictable in an unpredictable way. She’s just so familiar… she is part of everybody.”

Speaking about going viral, Okay explained that they were shocked when heavy appreciation for Rosa began to come in.

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“I was honestly shocked. Like I said, putting my first video up there, I didn’t expect any of this to happen. So it made me feel good because I’m able to put my community out there like that, in a positive way. And I don’t know, I just… Even today I get the same exact feelings that when I first went viral because I just feel it’s so crazy that I can give Rosa this platform and express who she is and where she came from and stuff that.”

Okay also said that Rosa has given them a chance to fully embrace their interests in beauty and fashion.

“As Adam, I enjoy beauty. Makeup is something that I enjoy doing. So it definitely was a huge welcome and there was so much that I got to experience from the other beauty creators. I definitely enjoyed it, especially because everybody just does their makeup in a different way. So being able to see how everybody else does it differently. It’s so dope to see other creators discuss that.”