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Every person on the planet has some kind of limitation; no one is perfect. When it comes to the world of fashion and modelling, one would think there’s little room for imperfection though.

It’s time to think again because the industry has opened its arms to models with autism, and these courageous young women and men are making their mark in the crowded, hectic fashion environment. As we discussed on our U.K. Models website, the industry’s expansion only shows a positive omen for what’s to come in modelling world.

Models with autism are breaking tired traditions and rules and hoping to inspire others with similar dreams in the process.

R.J. Peete is one of these success stories and a normal teenager that sets an example for teens all over the world with all different backgrounds. Diagnosed at age three, doctors didn’t give him much of a chance of ever being verbal. Today, R.J. is writing and performing rap, and he was asked to appear as a model in a magazine article about people living with autism. Photographer Andrew MacPherson captured these incredible photos.

Danish model Nina Marker was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 15. She had been depressed, and her high school didn’t have the programs needed to assist her in moving forward. She stayed in school and began some small modelling gigs though and in 2014, Nina won Copenhagen’s round of the Elite Model Look competition.

Her big break came when she hit the runway for Anthony Vaccarello’s debut collection for Saint Laurent. Nina is now runway gold and walking for designers like Versace, Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi and Max Mara. She can be seen here on YouTube. Nina’s popular Instagram site has 23.8 thousand followers. She posed in a red tee shirt that read: “Bee Kind, I Have Autism.”

America’s Next Top Model TV competition saw another model with Asperger’s compete in 2007. Heather Kuzmich bravely took on the industry and made it to the top five. It was hard for her to hold eye contact and be social, but Heather connected beautifully with the camera. Heather can be seen modelling on YouTube here.

The modelling industry is at the forefront of building diversity and creating an industry that’s more representative of our world. Parents with an autistic child might also want to expose them to the exciting world of fashion and beauty. The three models with autism here show that exciting possibilities are open to all. Their inspiration educates and touches the world every day.