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Special Olympics Athletes Model for VOGUE Germany

This excerpt is from the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023’s article, “Our athletes model for VOGUE Germany.” To read the original article, please visit the page here.

Heidi Kuder, Natascha Wermelskirchen and Tamara Röske sitting next to one another as they pose for photos.
Heidi Kuder, Natascha Wermelskirchen and Tamara Röske model for VOGUE Germany.

What an honor: Special Olympics athletes Heidi Kuder, Natascha Wermelskirchen and Tamara Röske are featured in the June issue of VOGUE Germany, which is available in stores and online from today on.

The first rays of spring sunshine appeared in the Rudolf-Harbig-Halle, the national athletics training center right next to the Berliner Olympiastadion, where the big Opening Ceremony will take place on 17 June.

Athlete and model getting her hair done by a stylist.
Athlete and model getting their hair done for photoshoot.

Besides the first rays of sunshine shining through the window, there was excitement and curiosity: the photo shoot with German VOGUE, with athletes Heidi Kuder, Natascha Wermeskirchen and Tamara Röske, was coming up.

With a lot of attention to detail, the athletes were photographed in a mix of current designer collections and sportswear. But first, of course, it was time for hair, make-up and fittings.

All three athletes will actively participate in the Games in Berlin. Heidi Kuder will compete in athletics, Natascha Wermelskirchen as a goalkeeper for the German national football team and Tamara Röske, who is already experienced as a model and actress, will also compete in athletics.

It's my big dream to win a medal. I would like to take first place, but if not, that's not so bad—I'll take second place!

Fashion Meets Sport

The VOGUE shooting aims to promote the visibility of athletes with intellectual disabilities:

VOGUE team and model taking a look at the photos on a camera.
Team checking out their work on camera screen.

"In Germany, the general attention for sports is great. Through our shoot with the three athletes from the German delegation, we want to contribute to broadening the perspective and, through the explicit fashion context, also to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas, because especially in the fashion environment this does not yet take place naturally enough," says Maria Hunstig, Features Director VOGUE Germany.

The June issue of VOGUE Germany with the feature on the three Special Olympics athletes is available in stores and online from 30 May 2023 under the title "Unterwegs". There is also a nice online article (German on, but also available in Leichte Sprache) including the profile of the three athletes.

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