A Gisborne fashion designer is proving to be an inspiration.

Megan Taylor, 22, was named Kangan Institute’s Inspirational Student of the Year during her graduation ceremony earlier this month.

“I’m so thankful for all my teachers and the staff at Kangan and all the support I received,” Ms Taylor said. “I know there were a couple of others [students] that were nominated for the award and I know that any one of them would have deserved it as much.”

The budding fashion designer (pictured) suffers from a condition known as hyper mobility spectrum disorder. But this hasn’t stopped her from completing her advanced diploma at Kangan Institute and moving on to Whitehouse Institute of Design, where she is now undertaking a bachelor of fashion design.

“Basically, my body doesn’t have enough collagen,” she said. “Collagen holds your bones and joints together – it’s a simple term of saying everything is more bendy.

“It requires a lot more energy to keep everything aligned. I can suffer from bad posture if I am not careful.”

Ms Taylor is hoping her achievement will inspire others who may have a disability to not let it stop them from pursuing their dreams.

“You’ll never get where you want to get if you keep up with everyone else … you can do it in your own way.”