by Stephen Garner
NYLE DIMARCO, Courtesy of ABC Television Network

The Runway of Dreams Foundation has announced that advocate, actor, and producer Nyle DiMarco, a fourth-generation Deaf person, will host the Fashion Revolution Event (#RethinkTheRunway), a one-of-a-kind adaptive fashion show and gala on Thursday, September 9th at The Glasshouse in New York City. Located at 660 12th Avenue, red carpet arrivals begin at 6:30 pm.

DiMarco burst onto the scene in 2014 as the first Deaf contestant to win America’s Next Top Model.  In 2020, DiMarco served as executive producer of the Netflix series Deaf U and the short film Audible. A champion for people with disabilities worldwide, DiMarco is also the founder of The Nyle DiMarco Foundation, where he works tirelessly on bilingual education initiatives.

Celebrating inclusion, applauding innovation, and highlighting change in the fashion industry, the Runway of Dreams Foundation’s fashion show will feature over 50 models with varying disabilities, ethnicities, and backgrounds including activist Gigi Robinson, tennis star Diede de Groot, author Wesley Hamilton, and model Grace Strobel.

The Fashion Revolution event is the only time mainstream brands such as Kohl’s, JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, Zappos Adaptive, Stride Rite, and Target, will showcase their adaptive clothing on the same runway.

In addition to the fashion show, the evening will honor Corey Yribarren, executive vice president and chief people officer at Sephora, with the Pioneer of Change Award.  Presenting the award to Yribarren will be Anish Melwani, chairman and CEO of LVMH for North America. Dave Stevens, Emmy-award-winning sports broadcasting professional and congenital amputee athlete, will be presented with the Inspirational Achievement Award by legendary sports agent and author Leigh Steinberg.