Isabella is a 22 year old fashion designer with Down Syndrome from Guatemala. She began her studies when she was just two years old in a regular school, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Letters with curricular adaptations. Isabella describes these as happy years because her companions loved and accepted her just as she was, regardless of her condition.
To qualify to graduate for her bachelor’s degree, she had to prepare a project called “Proyecto de Vida” (a thesis of yourself and your future plans) and be able to explain her short, medium and long term life goals.This is the moment where Isabella decides she wants to become a fashion designer. That same passion accompanies her since she was a little girl, her mother recalls how Isabella went over the clothes in her fashion magazines’ and then create clothing for her dolls from other clothing scraps.
Her designs have been presented in London, Rome, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey, Guatemala City and Panama City. This year she will be presenting her designs once again in Mexico in Panama in both inclusive and traditional runways. Isabella is also a guest speaker and has been invited to speak about her experience in fashion, social inclusion, and entrepreneurship in events such as FORBES Forum “Mujeres Poderosas” celebrated in San Jose, Costa Rica in August 2017. Isabella is currently the ambassador for Pepsi’s “Guatemorfosis” campaign and is the image of “Mujer Logro” for the brands Esika and L’Ebel. This past year Isabella was a speaker for various events, including OMINA Summit in San Jose, Costa Rica and her first TEDx Talk at UDLAP. Isabella presented her latest collection “Paraíso” at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Guatemala November 2018. Recently, Isabella starred in SIMAN store’s Mother’s Day campaign for Central America, “Nunca es tarde para…”
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