Double amputee girl debuts on Paris fashion catwalk

Daisy-May Demeter presents a creation by designer Eni Hegedus-Buiron for luxury children’s wear label Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week in Paris on Friday, September 27, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 28 September 2019

Double amputee girl debuts on Paris fashion catwalk

  • Daisy-May Demeter was born with fibular hemimelia, where part or all of the bone in the lower leg is missing

PARIS: A British girl who lost both her legs when she was just 18 months old has made her Paris catwalk debut on the Eiffel Tower.
Nine-year-old Daisy-May Demeter from Birmingham walked for a luxury French children’s brand in the show high on the Paris landmark Friday and said the experience “makes me feel pretty and special.”
Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, where part or all of the bone in the lower leg is missing.
She had to have the double amputation while still a baby and later received prosthetic legs on which she learned to walk.




Daisy-May Demeter walks with Eni Hegedus-Buiron creation for Lulu et Gigi during Paris Fashion Week. (Reuters)


The Paris show was her third appearance as a model for the label Lulu et Gigi, after New York and London fashion weeks.
Her father Alex Demeter said the disabled community were behind his daughter.
And he said he was not surprised at all the attention.
“I’m not surprised because I know what Daisy is like, she’s an exceptional young girl proving that disability doesn’t hold you back and she’s a great role model for anybody trying to pursue their dreams.
“Any goal she has in her head I think she can achieve, anything she chooses to do. That’s a great feeling as a parent,” Demeter added.
“Obviously coming back from a situation when she was born, when you see no future, where you see no hope ... (now) anything is possible, that’s an amazing thing,” he said after the show.


Ex-Hermes workers risk prison over fake handbags

Updated 26 June 2020

Ex-Hermes workers risk prison over fake handbags

  • An inquiry uncovered a clandestine operation in which the suspects at their homes allegedly crafted dozens of counterfeit “Birkin” bags
  • Ten people went on trial this week, including seven former Hermes employees

PARIS: Paris prosecutors sought prison terms Friday for the leaders of a ring accused of making and selling fake handbags from iconic French luxury house Hermes, including some former employees.
The network, which targeted Asian tourists in Paris but also clients in Hong Kong in 2013 and 2014, was uncovered when French police wiretapped the home of a man suspected of selling stolen handbags in Asia.
An inquiry uncovered a clandestine operation in which the suspects at their homes allegedly crafted dozens of counterfeit “Birkin” bags, the most coveted — and profitable — item produced by Hermes.
Named for French-British actress Jane Birkin, the bags have long waiting lists for customers ready to pay 40,000 euros ($45,000) or more for versions made with crocodile skin.
Ten people went on trial this week, including seven former Hermes employees.
Prosecutors said they took in around two million euros a year by selling the fakes for 20,000 euros to 30,000 euros each.
The Hermes workers would make the bags with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zippers and other components smuggled out of Hermes workshops.
A woman now aged 52, born in Cambodia but living in France since 1980, was tasked with selling the fake bags as well as genuine “Birkins” resold to clients at a markup.
She told investigators her clients knew that they were buying fakes, the court heard this week.
One of the employees, accused of orchestrating the counterfeiting ring, was just 18 when he began working at Hermes.
“At the time, I didn’t realize the seriousness of this,” the now 45-year-old told the court.
As the trial wound up Friday, prosecutors sought prison terms of up to four years and fines of 100,000 euros to 200,000 euros for the three ringleaders, and suspended sentences and fines for the others.
Hermes lawyers have also asked for two million euros in damages. The court is expected to announce a date for its ruling later Friday.