26-year old, Mahalakshmi Mahadev, could possibly be India's first differently-abled TV model. The Bengaluru-based woman breaks the stigma by featuring in a 44-second advertisement for a textile brand, according to a report by NDTV.
The 44-second advertisement shows the young model Mahalakshmi in a beautiful ensemble and adorned with heavy jewellery.
Here are the details.
In the advertisement, Mahalakshmi is seen standing in the first shot. It becomes known that she is a polio-survivor, only towards the end of the ad when she is placed back in her wheelchair.
Mahadev, a Bachelor of Technology graduate, reminisces her experience during a 13-hour-long shoot in Chennai.
Her story is really inspiring.
Mahalakshmi's modelling dreams turned into reality when she met Chennai-based designer, Shalini Visakan, who specializes in designing clothes for the differently-abled.
Her husband, Visakan Rajendiran was keen to feature a differently-abled model for their clothing line.
"I was nervous at first, but now I'm so happy. Differently-abled can do anything. If they dream, they can achieve it," she said.
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