Meet the Most Stylish Toddler on the Internet
The world may be buzzing about week-old Saint West's huge designer wardrobe, but the #KimyeBaby had better bring his A-game because he's got some serious competition.
Meet Oakley Lynch, the dapper UK toddler who is charming the Internet with his adorable smile and killer outifts!
Oakley was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition causing his right arm to stop growing below a quarter of his forearm. A specialist delivered the news to Oakley's parents Victoria and Greg during their 16-week scan.
"My immediate reaction was definitely shock, there were some tears," Victoria told The Daily Mail. "I went home, opened a bag of crisps and I thought 'How on earth is he going to do the simple things in life like opening a bag of crisps or tying his shoelace or putting buttons through button holes?' But very quickly we realized there is a solution to everything."
That solution came via an Instagram account set up by Victoria and Greg when Oakley was just a few months old. "I just started off by putting up a photo everyday of Oakley and what he was wearing," said Victoria.
The Lynches hoped the page would encourage their son to see himself as no different from anyone else. But as their son's following began to grow, clothing boutiques all over the world started sending him free clothes, modifying their designs to fit his shorter arm. Now the rakish toddler reportedly owns more than 40 pairs of shoes, 20 hats, 50 bibs, 20 jumpers, and 50 T-shirts, and the account has helped the family connect with hundreds of other children around the world who are just like their son.
"Before he was born I was quite against social media," said dad Greg. "But...I think it's brilliant that it's spreading the word of limb deficiency or just generally children being different leading normal lives."
"I think a lot of people who have children the same as Oakley really appreciate that we're not always dwelling on the fact that he has one hand," added Victoria. "It's just a normal account of a little boy who happens to have one hand."
This little boy also happens to look just as good in cardigans and crowns as he does in an all-black ensemble pimped out with skulls and crossbones. And while a quick scroll through Oakley's feed reveals the snazzy 14-month-old decked out in everything from a Geek Chic look complete with black frame hispter glasses to a head-to toe Lakers ensemble captioned "Dream big, little man," Victoria said it's the items with Nemo on them that have her heart, since that's been Oakley's nickname since the day the family first found out about his condition and began referring to his right arm as his #luckyfin, a reference to Nemo's "lucky fin" and how being made a little differently doesn't stop him from accomplishing anything he sets out to do.
"I hope he's never bitter about the fact that he's different," said Victoria. "I can't see that his limb difference is going to hold him back at all."
Neither can we!