Hunky Jack Eyers, who had a leg removed aged just 16, wows crowds as he struts down the catwalk in the Big Apple
Smooth, strong and shredded, Jack Eyers has the kind of toned torso which makes him blend in among a catwalk of male models.
But as he strutted semi-naked before audiences at New York Fashion Week this week there was something which made him stand out - and it wasn't just the silver swirls painted on his buff body.
Jack, 25, is the first male amputee to model at the Big Apple’s elite fashion showcase, an honor he enjoyed thanks to Lady Gaga’s favorite designer, Antonio Urzu, hand-picking him to appear.
''It all feels so surreal," he told the Daily Mail. "I can’t believe this is actually happening. To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing - it feels like such a big deal.
“It’s pretty overwhelming, 'I just want to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back.
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“I always said if I was going to do something like this, I want to do it big. I want people to see me, and to realize that there needs to be more disabled models walking the runway.”
Jack, from Bournemouth in Dorset, had his leg amputated when he was 16 years old after the limb had been withered by a condition called Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency.
The fitness trainer became so fed up of travelling to hospital he actually opted to have the radical procedure and saw having a new, prosthetic limb as he start of a new chapter in his life.
“Growing up with the deformed leg was really hard - I had no muscle structure or knee joint and I walked with a really pronounced limp,” he said. “At primary school I was really into sports but it was hard to join in, and I would get bullied.
“I remember at the age of around seven saying I wanted to have it amputated but I needed to wait until it stopped growing - it felt like this devil attached to me. When I finally got it removed it felt like I’d been reborn.”
After becoming a fitness fanatic and winning Men’s Health Magazine’s Man of the Year, he signed up to Models of Diversity, a company that campaigns for greater diversity in the modelling industry.
“Once I’d had my leg amputated I started to gain confidence and went to the gym,' he says. “I initially wanted to join the fire service, but I soon realised that it just wouldn’t be possible as an amputee - so I looked at what else I could do and discovered personal training.
“I’d really got into the gym and fitness, and then I remember seeing an article about Models of Diversity in a magazine. I went along to a photo shoot with them and everything has just snowballed from there.”
Being selected by Urzi, whose a-list fans also include Britney Spears and Beyonce, is the pinnacle of a career which has already seen him appear in a string of adverts and photoshoots.
But the biggest thrill for Jack was joining other disabled people in the FTL Moda show, staged in conjunction with Models of Diversity, was the positive image he promotes.
“It’s such a massive step for me and the modelling industry,” he said.