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Caitin Stickels Born With Cat Eye Syndrome Lands A High Fashion Photo Shoot 


Caitin Stickels Born With Cat Eye Syndrome Lands A High Fashion Photo Shoot 

Seattle based 29-year-old model Caitin Stickels, who was born with Schmid-Fraccaro, or Cat Eye Syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder which can cause facial disfigurements such as a cleft palate and an absence of tissue from the colored part of the eyes which gives them a “cat-like” appearance, landed a major high fashion photo shoot and killed it. 

Stickels, who may not fit in the “traditional” fashion and bury industry standards, looks amazing in her editorial for V magazine after being discovered on Instagram. 

“Working with Nick Knight at SHOWstudio for V Magazine was something I couldn’t have even dreamed of, to be perfectly honest,” Stickels wrote for the magazine. “I never dreamed of being a model or being a part of the fashion industry. I always admired from afar and meanwhile tried to recreate my own expressions through fashion, photography, and art… This collaboration has been the most beautiful whirlwind of my life.”

“I did expect to see something epic—and they went far and beyond what I could have imagined. I don’t want to say that this was MY dream come true, because I think working with Nick Knight is anyone’s dream that I never dared to actually have myself… [he and V magazine have] opened eyes, they opened minds, and they gave this world a chance. They both have done the same with me and I’m still processing that it’s now my reality, too. “

You can check out her pictures down below and let us know what you think of this brand’s use of diversity.


and i still can’t breathe…it was incredible modeling, moving and singing for this otherworldly fashion film. this is as vulnerablw as it gets, in the best of ways. i treasure this film of fashion, emotion and voice that i was involved in with @nick_knight at @showstudio and edited by @younjiku “from @showstudio – NEW! After discovering her on Instagram, Nick Knight invited @caitinkitten to model for @vmagazine. Born with rare chromosomal disorder, Cat Eye Syndrome, Stickels presents the antithesis to the quintessential model. Amongst a raw textural polystyrene set by @tomotattle, Stickels is captured in looks by @dior, @MollyMGoddard and @Prada, styled by @kjeldgaard1, with Make-up by @lauradomini2 and hair by @martincullen65. This is a clip of the accompanying fashion film – with edit, 3D Art and sound by @younjiku. Head to SHOWstudio to watch the film in full and to peruse the full editorial!”

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