Photo provided by Monika Myers

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Monika Myers: Inspiring Inclusivity, One Runway at a Time

In a world that often fixates on conventional notions of beauty, Monika Myers emerged as a trailblazer, inspiring inclusivity, shattering stereotypes and redefining the very essence of what it means to be beautiful. As we stepped into the new year, we looked back upon Monika’s remarkable journey, one that continued to inspire and challenge the fashion industry’s norms.

At just 14 years old, Monika had achieved a monumental milestone: becoming Canada’s first professional international runway model with Down syndrome. Her journey, which had begun as a bold step onto the runway, had since evolved into a powerful statement about inclusivity, diversity, and the celebration of individuality.

Photo provided by Monika Myers

Over the past year, Monika’s story has captivated the fashion world and hearts worldwide. She had graced the runways of prestigious events like New York Fashion Week, Fashion Art Toronto, and even Paris Fashion Week, where she had modeled for renowned designer Funari New York. Monika’s presence in these iconic settings had signified more than just her incredible modeling talent; it had symbolized a paradigm shift in an industry slowly embracing inclusivity.

Monika’s impact has extended far beyond the catwalk, embracing her role as a Down Syndrome Ambassador, Advocate, and Public Speaker, using her platform to advocate for diversity and inclusion. Her mission had been clear: to challenge preconceived notions of beauty and demonstrate that every individual deserved a place in the spotlight.

In addition to her remarkable modeling career, Monika has embarked on an entrepreneurial journey with “I AM BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL.” Through this venture, she created wishlet bracelets that were a daily reminder to believe in oneself and pursue dreams fearlessly. Monika’s commitment to spreading inspiration and donating profits to various charities showcased her generosity and determination to make a positive impact.

Photo provided by Monika Myers

Monika’s journey has not gone unnoticed. She had received Government Recognition Certificates for her contributions and had been selected as the keynote speaker at the United Nations World Down Syndrome Day Conference in Trinidad in 2023. Furthermore, she received the prestigious EKO Tribute Award for her tireless efforts to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities.

Despite the challenges associated with Down syndrome, Monika had been a competitive gold medalist synchronized swimmer, an active community volunteer, and a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Level Award recipient. Her unwavering determination and remarkable achievements radiated her belief that every woman was beautiful.

Photo provided by Monika Myers

As we look ahead to the new year, Monika’s journey continues to evolve. She had returned to New York Fashion Week, this time as the first-ever Canadian model to participate in the Runway of Dreams, a platform dedicated to raising awareness for people with disabilities in the fashion industry. Additionally, her photo had been chosen for the National Down Syndrome Society Video presentation on the Jumbotron in Times Square in NYC, emphasizing her growing influence and recognition.

Monika’s dream of walking the runways of Paris Fashion Week and modeling for Funari New York had become a reality. In Place Vendome, Paris, she had once again broken barriers as the FIRST Canadian ever to be part of the production Fashion Week-Studio.

Monika Myers exemplified the power of embracing one’s individuality and celebrating the beauty that resided within. Her journey had been a beacon of hope, courage, and inspiration, reminding us that anyone could achieve greatness with unwavering determination and self-belief. As we bid farewell to the past year and welcomed the new one, we eagerly anticipated the next chapter of Monika’s extraordinary story, knowing it would continue to inspire and challenge us to redefine beauty.

Written by Monica Lofstrom

Monica Lofstrom is the Editor in Chief and Global Editorial Director for EGW Global Magazine, bringing over 20 years of experience as a C-Level Executive in Silicon Valley. As the Founder of EGW Global Magazine, Monica has established herself as a thought leader and advocate for opulent eco-luxury brands and sustainable practices.

Over the past 6 years, Monica has authored and published numerous articles, both independently and for EGW Global Magazine. Her dedication to environmental consciousness and luxury redefines standards in the industry.

EGW Global Magazine, under Monica’s leadership, is a digital publication dedicated to celebrating opulent eco-luxury brands and sustainable practices worldwide. The magazine’s mission is to cast a radiant spotlight on innovative and environmentally-conscious companies that prioritize both luxury and the preservation of our planet’s natural beauty.

With a readership spanning 65 countries, EGW Global Magazine connects connoisseurs of the finer things in life with brands committed to sustainability. Whether showcasing eco-friendly resorts, fashion labels employing sustainable materials, or groundbreaking wellness concepts, the magazine provides a lavish platform for exceptional endeavors.

At EGW Global Magazine, the belief in the power of informed choices and the impact of conscious consumption drives their mission: to inspire, educate, and advocate for a more opulent and sustainable world.

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