'We should celebrate uniqueness': Model with bionic arm will walk New York Fashion Week runway

Some girls would give their right arm to be models. Rebekah Marine didn't have a choice.

The 28-year-old American was born without her right forearm and wears an i-limb Quantum, one of the most advanced prosthetic hands on the market.

As a child she was told her disability would put an end to her hopes of modelling, however having the hand fitted six years ago gave Marine the courage to pursue her dream.

Since then, she has modelled at New York Fashion Week and for Nordstrom's 2015 anniversary catalogue.

The self-described "bionic model" told Mashable being a model with a disability had been "extremely difficult".

"Agencies often won't even look at my portfolio," she said.

"But I've come to realise it's all about finding your niche. I've accepted that most clients may not want to work with me based on my 'disability'.

"We should be celebrating uniqueness, not conforming to what the media thinks is beautiful." Marine will be joined on the catwalk at fashion week by Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old model with Down syndrome.

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