More than 4,300 athletes from 159 nations, plus two refugees in an independent team, are prepared to perform to the peak of their physical capabilities and change perceptions of what is possible.
It is the biggest Paralympics yet – in terms of athletes participating – and the greatest performances are expected to take place in Rio.
Remember the names. Brazilians will cheer swimmer Daniel Dias, athletes Alan Oliveira and Terezinha Guilhermina.
American Tatyana McFadden will go for seven gold medals and others will emerge.
The legendary model stunned in a very risque sparkly number.
The floor length gown was mesh from the neck to her navel and the colours differentiated between crimson, green, charcoal and brown.
She styled her long raven locks in a center part as the rest cascaded behind her shoulders.
The star studded guest list also included Neil Patrick Harris, Julianne Moore, Zayn Malik, Karlie Kloss, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Jon Hamm, Uma Thurman and Cindy Crawford.
Zayn’s girlfriend Gigi Hadid was one of the models for the evening.
Ford returned with full force to the fashion game after a one season hiatus.