9 Inspiring Models Gracing the Runways of Fashion Week

This month, major fashion events will take place around the globe, featuring many of the world's most brilliant designers and striking models in some of the industry's most celebrated events — fashion week(s).

In recent years, we have seen some incredible (role) models in the Fashion Week spotlight — ones who have faced adversity to make it to the coveted runways.

Click through the gallery above to learn about a few of the many talented women breaking the mold from both past and upcoming fashion weeks.

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Reshma Qureshi As the face of the #EndAcidSale movement for Make Love Not Scars, 19-year-old Qureshi made her first appearance on the runway of New York Fashion Week last fall. Despite having been attacked in India (alongside her sister), Qureshi will not give up her fight for change. By helping spread the stories of the "hundreds of Indian women to suffer this horrific crime every year," she is continuing to work to end the sale of acid. Photo Credit: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

Madeline Stuart Stuart, 19, made her stunning debut during NYFW in 2015. Stuart, an Australian model with Down syndrome is "showing that everyone has the ability to chase their dreams." Photo Credit: Chance Yeh/Getty Images

Rebekah Marine Self-proclaimed "Bionic Model," Marine, was born without a right forearm. With the help of a friend, Marine began modeling her "new accessory" after being fitted for a myoelectric prosthesis in 2011. Photo Credit: Trevor Collens/AFP/Getty Images

Melanie Gaydos Born with Ectodermal Dysplasia, a group of closely related genetic conditions "affecting the development or function of the teeth, hair, nails and sweat glands," Gaydos was convinced by a boyfriend that "I am the only person who looks like me, that there was potential" — and her modeling career took off. Photo Credit: Mike Pont/Getty Images

Shaholly Ayers Despite having been born with a congenital amputation, Ayers has proven herself in the fashion industry both in print and on the runway, showing that being different is beautiful and hoping to change the perception of disabilities. Photo Credit: Chance Yeh/Getty Images

Chantelle Brown-Young (Winnie Harlow) Winnie Harlow, a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model," was diagnosed with Vitiligo, "a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body," when she was 4-years-old. Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For Fashion For Relief

Jamie Brewer As the first-ever model with Down Syndrome to walk during Fashion Week, Brewer made her debut in February 2015's NYFW as part of Carrie Hammer's "Role Models Not Runway Models." Photo Credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images

Anjali Lama On February 1, 2017, Lama became Nepal's first transgender woman to strut down the runway of Lakmé Fashion Week in India. Photo Credit: Sujit Jaiswal/AFP/Getty Images

Hanne Gaby Odiele Odiele, who has walked in numerous Fashion Week events, recently came out as intersex, the first reported model to do so, and is working to change the stigma frequently associated with it. Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images