Natalia Vodianova posted a response to the incident on Facebook

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated August 14, 2015 04:00 PM
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Credit: Courtesy Natalia Vodianova

A supermodel is defending her sister with autism and cerebral palsy after she was allegedly kicked out of a café in Russia and told she was scaring the customers.

Natalia Vodianova, 33, who has modeled for Calvin Klein and appeared on the cover of Vogue, wrote a Facebook post Wednesday to protest the treatment of her younger sister, Oksana, 27, by the owner of the café.

According to the post, Oksana went for a walk with her caregiver and the pair stopped in the café to rest and take a break from the heat. They ordered something from the menu, but the owner allegedly demanded they leave because Oksana was “scaring the clients,” according to a translation of the Russian Facebook post. Security guards forced the pair to leave and the police were called.

Oksana’s mother arrived on the scene, and she was taken to the police department where she filed a complaint, according to the post.

Vodianova says she is grateful for the attention paid to the discrimination against her sister, but she pleaded with the media “not call autism [a disease].”

“We are all different, but that doesn’t mean that we are sick,” she added.