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Meet the one-armed toddler shaking up Instagram with his inspiring fashion posts

14-month-old Oakley Lynch, who was born without his right hand and forearm, is inspiring thousands thanks to his refreshingly real Instagram account.

By Bella Brennan
The UK bub from Reading in Berkshire was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality which can prohibit limbs from properly developing.
But his proud parents Victoria and Greg Lynch refuse to let their child feel any different. In fact, the pair have set up an Instagram account to celebrate their son.
@myoakleydoakley, which features adorable fashion posts, daily musings and family shots with his baby brother Huxley, has become an overnight sensation amassing nearly 17 thousand followers.
“I think it’s a really amazing thing that Victoria has done setting up this account, because it’s raising awareness that the children that are born slightly different, aren’t any different at all,” dad Greg recently explained to Barcroft TV.
Social media force to be reckoned with! Oakley's Instagram account, which is run by his mum, has nearly 17K followers.
Now the photogenic cutie is being inundated with brands from around the world wanting to appear on his page. “Oakley gets sent a package [of clothes] most days,” Victoria confessed.
But their message is so much deeper than fashion.
“Instagram has been amazing for bringing together families who have a child with limb difference. It’s been really nice that through Instagram I’ve been able to connect with other families all over the world,” she added.
The 14-month-old was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality which can prohibit limbs from properly developing. His proud parents Victoria and Greg Lynch refuse to let their child feel any different.
While this bubbly boy has adapted well without an arm, his parents are optimistic about the future.
"I think that by the time Oakley goes to school, hopefully he will have one of these bionic arms and he will be the envy of all the other kids at school. I hope he is never bitter about the fact he is different. I can’t see that his limb difference is going to hold him back at all," Victoria explained.
Be sure to check out Oakley's Instagram page here!
Double the cuteness: Oakley's new baby bro Huxley also features on his page.
In demand! The fashionable tot has been inundated with labels wanting to dress him. [Images via @myoakleydoakley]

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