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Children with Down syndrome strut their stuff on the runway

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6/19/2017 Sheeka Sanahori
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NASHVILLE, TN - Dani Gupton proudly showed off her flowing pink dress with a spin and pose with her hands on her hips. The dress was designed just for her, and this was her moment to show it off.

Gupton, 10, has Down syndrome, so she has specific needs for clothing that can be more difficult to find in stores. She was one of several children who worked directly with a student at O’More College of Design in Nashville to get the kind of outfit they've always wanted.

Children with Down syndrome may have distended bellies due to digestive issues, so elastic waistbands can be more comfortable. Clothing that is easy to put on and take off is also important, to empower children with sensory issues and low motor skills to be able to dress themselves.

Aside from the technical aspects of the clothing, these kids want the kinds of clothes that every child wants: a superhero outfit complete with a cape, or a dress like a princess, and pink. Lots of pink.

Gupton and several other children got to show off their brand new clothes in a runway fashion show. It put a spotlight on their specific needs for clothing. And it was a welcome moment for the children to take center stage.

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