Alexandra Kutas, born on November 5, 1995, in Ukraine stole hearts when she made her debut on Indian ramp. Due to a medical error during birth, she suffered a spinal cord injury which resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down. She was a journalist and entered television and press studio when she was in high school. Her studio won UNICEF award in 2009 and she was awarded in New York for being the best young journalist.
She graduated with honors in Psychology from Dnepropetrovsk National University. In 2011, she got inspired by the work of a British designer, Alexander McQueen who used a model with disability in 1999. That was the time when Alexandra first became interested in the fashion world. In the summer of 2015, Kutas took part in Ukraine fashion week. On 16th of July, with photographer Andrei Sarymsakov, she presented a photo exhibition entitled “Break your Chains” at the Mercedes-Benz fashion days in Kyiv. This exhibition was also presented in the framework of Ukrainian fashion week. This fashion project was designed to break down public stereotypes about disabilities with people. This project gained positive responses from International and Ukrainian media.
In 2016, Kutas and her American manager Blake Wind built a network of thousands of contacts in the fashion industry through social media. Ukrainian designer, Fedor Vozianov gave Kutas main role in the show of his new collection. While preparing for the show, she gave 100 interviews. And on December 30, she gave an interview to a news agency about the problems of the modern fashion industry. At the end of January 2017 worked on the first fashion video with featuring a model with a disability. On Feb 3, 2017, fashion show, Viy was held where Kutas was in the central role. The event was reported in 50 countries. In June 2017, Kutas went to NYC for participating in a gala fashion show for Runway of Dreams, in association with Tommy Hilfiger. She has been professionally modeling for last two years and became the first professional model in the wheelchair.
In August 2017, she signed a contract with a modeling agency named strawberrifox, a modeling agency in New Delhi. On day two of Indian Runway Week 2017, it rained glamour when 23 years old, Alexandra Kutas stole the show with the display of her grace, confidence, and strength. She was the showstopper for the designer-duo Nikhil and Rivendra. And was welcomed with a thundering applause. She looked beautiful in her blue-midnight gown. She graced the ramp fNikhileil and Rivendra’s winter festive collection “Vintage Vibes”.
Despite of all of her sufferings, she achieved all her dreams and now she would break all the taboos and barriers surrounding the disabled in the fashion industry. She told Deccan Chronicle “ever since I began modeling in Ukraine, people’s perception towards diversity has changed. Brands like me after seeing my photos but the moment they see me on a wheelchair, they back out. I am trying to break those barriers. With my passion and professional ethics, I am as good as any other model even if I am wheelchair bound.” She is an inspiration for all of us.