One model is breaking barriers in the fashion world.
29-year-old Caitin Stickels, from Seattle, was born with Schmid-Fraccaro, also known as "Cat Eye Syndrome". The genetic disorder is known to cause an array of issues, the most visible of which include facial deformities -- like cleft palates and downward corner-facing eyes. Furthermore, the lack of tissue in Caitin's eye gives her a "cat-like" look.
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Caitin Stickels: Model with Cat Eye Syndrome
Caitin Stickels: Model with Cat Eye Syndrome
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 ."
finding what it means to breathe as an anomaly that is to be seen.
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"
i know that we are of a different breed but i am not sure where exactly it was that we were born nor what we're meant to see. at least we are united by the sky that tethers our spirits below because nothing was the norm in the eye of the storm but that's what made everything within it so peaceful.
#ny #nyc #manhatten #taxidermy #fur #color #colorportrait #portrait by @piecesfit
claim your own grave, but don't go ahead with a note that holds my name. im not the definition of oppression because i don't play those games. i have other things at stake for my heart to take place, like flying with meteorites, or even sliding along the milky way.
#marieyat #color #colorportrait #portrait by @chavezwho
missing new york harder than a star crossed lover. finding my footings back in Seattle [ish] and then in the near future LA is on the way again.
it's never anything short of a wild ride, but first i need to sink my teeth into this earth and remember what it tastes like to be alive.
#seattle #travelingmodel #travelingactress #newyork #nyc #manhatten #musicvideo #bts #blackandwhitefilm #blackandwhiteportrait #filmportrait #film #portrait by dAVID sTRANGE
hair/makeup by @ahbinishman and @jvincentmakeup 💋🔥❤
didn't your mother ever tell you the old folk tales of the wild fae? you might want to think twice before you make bargins to play.
#hopelesslingerie #lecoledesfemmes #color #colorportrait #portrait by @mandydarling_
it's my last day in the city of New York before im back in the strange land of sweet Seattle. words fail me today. 🌸✨♥
New York has given me such a special birthday that this little kitten is quite literally in tears. happy, flowery, glittery kittten mews are spilling from my heart. the day isn't even over yet and i'm already on cloud 9. i fucking love you all. i fucking love New York.
#color #colorportrait #portrait by Nikola Tamindzic @fuckingnewyork
this angel is spending their birthday week working in NYC at the end of the month. 😇🌸🎈📽📸🐱👑💌💥💗 #ny #nyc #brooklyn #bts #musicvideo #blackandwhite #blackandwhitefilm #blackandwhiteportrait #filmisnotdead #film #portrait by dAVID sTRANGE
i saw the flowers bloom. believe me they are still there - only desperately yawnimg in longing to burn the winter clear.
#color #colorportrait #portrait by @mandydarling_
this empty void is trying to fill itself on static noise and yet wonders why it still feels so hollow. i can tell you how, but i can't change it now. not today or tomorrow.
#lecoledesfemmes #color #colorportrait #portrait by @mandydarling_
a simple kitten.
#blackandwhite #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhiteportrait #blackandwhitephotos #blackandwhitephotography #bwphotos #bwphotography #bwportrait #portrait by @suziihele
sad kitten shutting down. although so far short lived, every day of this new year has been an ultimate test or challenge and then some.
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It is believed that only 1 out of 150,000 people are diagnosed with the syndrome. But Caitin is helping to redefine beauty by addressing diversity issues in the fashion world. She was recently "discovered" by photographer Nick Knight. Soon after, Caitin landed a much-coveted editorial spread in "V magazine".
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"Working with Nick Knight at SHOWstudio for V Magazine was something I couldn't have even dreamed of, to be perfectly honest. I always admired brilliant artists with miraculously creative minds, especially in the fashion industry where being human isn't often expected to be accepted or displayed in an artistic way," Caitin wrote for the spread.
Talking about her newfound calling, Caitin explained, "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."
Caitin said prolifically:
Nick Knight saw what I have been doing on my own accord and he gave me the chance that I never gave myself, as did V. this is why I loved them both from the beginning when I was young and still do now—they opened eyes, they opened minds, and they gave this world a chance. They both have done the same with me and I'm still processing that it's now my reality, too. This collaboration has been the most beautiful whirlwind of my life.
We can't wait to see how she continues to make her mark. You can read her entire essay here.