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This model with ‘cat eye syndrome’ is changing the way we see beauty

Time to broaden your perspective and see that there are countless meanings of the word ‘beautiful’.

After Winnie Harlow, the 19-year-old model with a pigment condition called ‘vitiligo’ landed a contract with Diesel, it seems the world has never been more ready to accept alternative definitions of beauty.

In recent years, the world of high fashion modeling has welcomed plus-sized models, wheelchair users, octogenarians and androgynous as well as transgender individuals. It’s nice to see an industry, that has previously brainwashed generations of young people into perceiving themselves as ugly just for not conforming to a specific type, diversifying its approach to being gorgeous.

The latest challenger of the outmoded view of beauty is Caitin Stickels, a 29-year-old model/actress/singer from Seattle.

i can't even tell you what this sensation means when dreams break the seams of what you thought was reality…⚡🌸💖🌸⚡ from my incredible shoot with @nick_knight for @showstudio and @vmagazine "@Regrann from @nick_knight – The very beautiful @caitinkitten wears @prada for my story "Portrait of Caitin Stickels " which launches today on @showstudio and @vmagazine . Styling by @kjeldgaard1 .Hair by @martincullen65 make up by @lauradomini2 nails by @bangbangnails"

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Caitin was born with a rare chromosomal condition called Schmid–Fraccaro syndrome that can cause facial abnormalities. In her case, she was born with a cleft palette and a lack of tissue in her irises which gives her the appearance of having feline eyes, hence the other name for the condition: cat eye syndrome.

don't make such a fuss, princess. [goddess i love this dress] @Regrann from @nick_knight – The wonderful @caitinkitten in @mollymgoddard for my story " portrait of Caitin Stickel " which launched today on @showstudio and @vmagazine . @martincullen65 did the hair , @lauradomini2 did the make up @bangbangnails did the nails. @kjeldgaard1 did the styling and @tomotattle did the sets.

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Industry leading fashion photographer Nick Knight shot a super sexy series of photos with Stickels after she was discovered through her Instagram page. The images were then featured in an editorial for V magazine in which the model wrote:

“I never dreamed of being a model or being a part of the fashion industry. I always admired from afar and meanwhile tried to recreate my own expressions through fashion, photography, and art… This collaboration has been the most beautiful whirlwind of my life.”

my heart won't stop beating. "@Regrann from @nick_knight – The absolutely stunning @caitinkitten from the story I am releasing tomorrow in @vmagazine and on @showstudio . #internationalwomensday Hair @martincullen65 makeup @lauradomini2 nails @bangbangnails styling @kjeldgaard1"

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The collection of stunning photographs went viral, but Caitin has not allowed the fame to go to her head.

if authenticity is forbidden, then let's make some beautiful sins. im like a zephyr, for you can only breathe air but you cannot break it within. there's no giving up or giving in and so here we begin. @Regrann from @nick_knight – The amazing @caitinkitten in a gorgeous dress by Sergiy Greshyshkin for my story "Portrait of Caitin Stickels" which is out in @vmagazine and on @showstudio now . Styled by @kjeldgaard1 Set by @tomotattle . Hair @martincullen65 make up @lauradomini2 nails by @bangbangnails . Assisting by @brittlloyd1 and @robrusling123"

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“All I know is that I’m here to fulfill myself and hopefully what I do can help others to build their own dreams as well,’ said the model (who also happens to be covered in awesome tattoos) in a follow up interview with Cosmo.

“If it draws a lot of attention, that’s more than fine. I really, really want to see the world change.”

the psychic tether remains the same no matter how much we pull from the purity of the truth because primal hearts are much too wild and will continue to be forever untamed. @Regrann from @nick_knight – "The beautiful @caitinkitten wears Dior for my story "Portrait of Caitin Stickels" on @showstudio and in @vmagazine . Styling @kjeldgaard1 Sets @tomotattle Hair @martincullen65 make up @lauradomini2 nails @bangbangnails ."

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i can see in a single breath that im creating other galaxies and just like a little melody or a haunting song they go along in tune. i have to ride with it as my bones dance with stardust and my skin sweats mica from the moon. maybe someday i can show you where im from, but perhaps for now it's all too soon. @Regrann from @nick_knight – "The beautiful @caitinkitten from my story called "Portrait of Caitin Stickels" which is on @showstudio and in @vmagazine . Styling @kjeldgaard1 Set @tomotattle Hair @martincullen65 Make up @lauradomini2 Nails @bangbangnails"

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Milo Sumner is a day-dreamer, living and breathing in London. When feeling low, he tends to cut loose and chase after dogs in the park. Otherwise he can usually be found pondering what to have for lunch.

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