Double amputee who modelled for River Island wants to be a supermodel

Adorable eight-year-old double amputee who starred in a River Island campaign is hailed as an ‘inspiration’ on This Morning – as she reveals her plans to become a supermodel

  • Daisy-May Demetre, eight, was born with rare birth defect fibular hemimelia 
  • It meant she had to have both her leg amputated when she was just 18 months
  • On This Morning today she revealed she wants to be a supermodel one day
  • She starred in a River Island campaign and appeared in their Fashion Week show 

An eight-year-old double amputee who charmed shoppers in a River Island campaign has revealed her plans to become a supermodel when she grows up.

Daisy-May Demetre, eight, was born with a rare birth defect called fibular hemimelia, which meant she had to have both her legs amputated when she was just 18-months-old.

The schoolgirl, who wears prosthetic legs, began modelling just six months ago, when she was invited to London Fashion Week to model River Island’s children’s range.

After explaining how she loves the ‘clothes and make-up’ that modelling entails, Daisy-May, from Northfield in Birmingham, returned to the set during the show’s fashion segment to model school uniforms, giving a little spin for the camera as she made her way down the catwalk. 

Viewers praising her efforts on Twitter called her ‘inspiring’ and an ‘absolute sweetheart’. 

Her proud father Alex Demetre, 35, who joined his daughter on the show, predicted she will become one of the most ‘influential’ amputees in the world.

Daisy-May Demetre, eight, was born with a rare birth defect called fibular hemimelia (pictured on  the catwalk on This Morning today)

‘What an inspiring young girl,’ said one viewer watching at home on Twitter. 

‘Bless that beautiful little girl,’ another posted.  

When host Rochelle Humes asked what she wanted to be when she grew up on the show on Friday, Daisy-May said she wanted to be a supermodel.

Revealing what she loves about the role, she said: ‘I like the makeup and the clothes and spending time with dad and meeting new people.’


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After her interview she came back to model a school uniform as part of the show’s segment on budget school clothes.

When she walked down the runway she gave a little spin and flicked her hair, wowing Rochelle and Gok Wan.

Viewers were moved by her interview, with many taking to Twitter to call her ‘inspiring’ (pictured)

Gok said: ‘Oh look at that already! Where’s daisy gone? We’ve got Cindy Crawford here!.’

Daisy-May has been modest about her success, and hasn’t even told her school friends about her modelling debut.

However, her father Alex wants her to be the most well known amputee ever through her modelling career.

He said: ‘I said to her ”Do you want to be a model?” and she turn around and said ”Yes.” I’m going to make her the most influential, inspiring double amputee that’s ever liked.

 Daisy said she hadn’t even told her friends about her modelling career (pictured on the show)

She began modelling just six months ago and walked in London Fashion Week for River Island’s children’s range (pictured)

Speaking on This Morning, she revealed that she wants to be a supermodel when she grows up (pictured on the show)

WHAT IS FIBULAR HEMIMELIA?

Fibular Hemimelia is a rare birth defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births.

It occurs when or part of the fibula – the calf bone – is missing.

 It is currently unknown why fibular hemimelia occurs, but research indicates that if the genes guiding the formation of the limb are activated in an abnormal order it can occur.

The majority of children born with the condition have no family history of other birth defects.

Source: Paley Institute 

‘We not finished yet, we’re only just getting started.’

Alex also said that his daughter’s confidence and the strength she’s shown getting through her condition.

He revealed that she’s helped him get through his own personal troubles. 

He continued: ‘What she’s got you can’t teach. Due to her operation I turned to drink and I turned  tpgambling, it caused issue for everyone in our family. 

It tipped me over the edge but I’ve used her as an inspiration. I joined a gym, I got a house and I sorted myself out. We’re going to build something special.’

Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births where all or part of the fibula – the calf bone – is missing. 

Her father Alex said they have plans for Daisy to be the most inspiring double amputee in the world. Pictured is Daisy after surgery

One of Daisy’s modelling shots for River Island. The store said it was looking for ‘a model who has lots of energy and who looked great in active wear’

It is even rarer for it to affect both legs, as it did with Daisy-May. She had no fibula in her left leg, and only a small one in her right.

The condition was identified while she was still in the womb, leaving mother Claire Reid, 36, and her father Alex. 

She now has two sets of prosthetic legs – a pair of ‘activity blades’ similar to those worn by Paralympians and another more ‘basic’ pair for school.

And not only has Daisy-May learnt to walk, run and ride a bicycle with all the confidence of other children her age, she has also become a keen gymnast. Now modelling is a passion.

She now has two sets of prosthetic legs – a pair of ‘activity blades’ similar to those worn by Paralympians (pictured) and another more ‘basic’ pair for school

Alex said Daisy-May’s strength inspired him to recover from a drinking problem (pictured with his daughter)

Her father suggested she give it a try after he saw Zebedee Management, which specialises in clients with disabilities, featured on television.

She was signed up – and won a contract with River Island to model its ‘active wear’ range online.

She has also appeared on the catwalk at London Fashion Week and has done a number of shoots for other stores.

Daisy-May has her own page on Instagram – and already has more than 3,000 followers. 

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