RJ Mitte is making a difference.
On Wednesday night, the Breaking Bad star spoke to People at the Runway Of Dreams Foundation Fashion Revolution Event about making the fashion world more inclusive to those with disabilities.
The actor — who has cerebral palsy — grew up wearing leg braces and using crutches, which limited the kinds of clothes he could wear. He remembers:
“Back then if you wanted clothes to fit, you altered it yourself… Luckily, I had family who would alter my pants if need be and my khakis or whatever I was wearing in school.”
Although he has a “size seven shoe,” he had to wear size 12 “because of [his] braces.”
Nowadays, the thespian is teaming up with Runway of Dreams — a nonprofit organization that develops adaptive-clothing designs. Such changes include replacing zippers and buttons with magnetic closures, and adjusting arm and pant lengths.
“Back then they didn’t have any adaptive clothing and it was a weird thing finding clothes that fit or making them work for me… You know how sometimes it doesn’t look people are wearing the clothes but the clothes are wearing them? That’s kind of what it was like for me.”
Overall, Mitte is excited about the positive changes to come.
“There’s a massive untapped market when it comes to clothing apparel for those with disabilities and I think it’s now finally catching up with bigger companies and those that have the resources to do something.”
Of course, RJ is no stranger to the fashion world. Back in 2015, he walked the Vivienne Westwood S/S 2016 menswear show in Milan.
[Image via Nicky Nelson/WENN.]