How Lila Moss Hack Brought Diabetes to the Runway And to the forefront of the conversation on inclusivity and fashion.
The Fendace show, held at the tail end of Milan Fashion Week in September, made news for a number of reasons: The Fendi designers, Kim Jones and Silvia Fendi, had created their version of Versace, and Donatella Versace had done her Fendi; it was the first time two brands from different luxury groups had been let loose in the other’s archives; and the runway was flush with former supermodels, including Kristin McMenamy, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid.
Yet perhaps the most notable aspect of the show may have been one of the smallest: a tubeless white pump visible on the upper left leg of Lila Grace Moss Hack, a 19-year-old model who was strutting the runway in a gold-and-white Fendi x Versace swimsuit, cut high on the thigh, and a Greek-key-trimmed jacket.
An Omnipod insulin pump used to treat Type 1 diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disease that can be diagnosed at any age — my daughter was diagnosed when she was 8 — it was impossible to miss. Its appearance on the runway, spotlighting an often invisible condition, was another step in fashion’s definition of inclusivity.
While the last full fashion season, earlier this fall, may have been the most inclusive across race, age, size and gender, according to The Fashion Spot, a trend forecasting site, models with disabilities remain underrepresented and underexposed.runway