Models are well known for having an incredibly tall height, masculine physique or beautiful face. But 21-year-old Dru Presta from Reno, Nevada is breaking stereotypes in the fashion industry. She was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism and stands just 3 feet 4 inches tall.
She was bullied for 15 years because of physical appearance but that didn’t stop her from chasing her dream.
Speaking to BBC, she said that she was the only person in her family with such disability so they learned how to deal with negativity together.
After graduating from high school, Dru packed her bags and took a big step and moved to Los Angeles in hopes of having freedom. She then decided to get into modeling because she doesn’t want anyone else to feel like they can’t express themselves in the way she did back home.
“I don’t want them to feel secluded. I don’t want them to feel like they have to wear what everybody else is wearing, just because that’s what offered in our size. I want people to be able to feel as free as I do. I want my modelling photos to show that you can be sexy in any size. You can be super duper tall and six foot, four inches and you can be three foot, four inches like me and still look sexy and cute,” she told Daily Mail.
Going into modeling business was hard, one of the challenges is to find fashionable clothes with her size but she manages to pull it through and now enjoyed shopping and was able to find fashionable clothes that she needed to freely express who she is.
She has over 10,000 followers on her Instagram and has been using her account to spread body positivity. She also said that ever since she started modeling, her confidence was boosted.
She hopes she can encourage people of all shapes and sizes to be included in the fashion world and to be accepted. She also wants to make people feel like they can do anything like any other people.