Down syndrome affects 1 in 800 births worldwide, making it the most common chromosomal condition for newborn babies. During development, their genetic makeup creates either an entire or partial copy of chromosome 21 which then leads to lifelong intellectual and developmental disorders. But, as any doctor will tell you, that”s the only characteristic those with the condition share.
Each person carrying that extra chromosome has their own unique identity, and that”s what German photographer Dai Lyn Power set out to showcase in her recent project, “Real Prettiness.”
Instead of focusing on the way the world sees them, Power allowed each of her models to decide exactly how they wanted to be seen. But it”s their confidence that shines more than any of the flamboyant costumes ever could.
Power worked with a local employment firm for those living with disabilities in order to find her models.
Power wanted the photos to show the essence of each personality.
They dressed themselves in luxury garments and accessories.
Each pose was thoughtfully choreographed to highlight their inner beauty.
She made them comfortable by talking with them, helping them choose outfits, and even dancing.
She definitely succeeded in creating a one of a kind series.
And the models themselves couldn”t be more pleased with their photos.
Most of them didn”t even want to take their make up off at the end of the day.
(via Huffington Post.)
You can find more of Power”s impressive photography on her website.