Friday, 30 December 2011

Disabled Modelling Must Get Better!

I have recently done a trial run of being a model as I wanted to explore physical disabilities within a modelling environment. I don't mean I want to get people with paralysis into upright positions as if they don't have the paralysis, but I want to explore how people with different abilities can hold their body in interesting and exciting ways. I will be researching into starting up my own lingerie and bodywear business soon and I think it is paramount I use models who have physical disabilities alongside fully able bodied ones - I'm disabled and I don't see enough of 'us' out there!

These pictures show me with my leg brace that I have to wear whenever I leave the house as I have missing ligaments in my knee from being ran over. I can't have surgery until I have a stronger thigh to support the new ligaments, but this is hard to improve as when I was hit it broke one of my main leg nerves - the femural one which goes along the front of the leg. I understand there are people who have to go through more on an everyday basis, but I want to show that just because you have a disability you can have your own personality as well!

I usually walk with crutches but it was amusing to try to balance to get the photo!

And finally I had one taken to show the scars on my right leg - everything on our body tells a story

The photography was a joint venture with photographer Rei Bennett, and you can find her website here:

We are wanting to take this further and Rei and myself would like to invite physically disabled or scarred girls to join us. We are choosing physically disabled or scarred girls as you can see the story they are telling through their body. It could be a scar from surgery or burns, or you could be in a wheelchair or have braces or other limb problems.It doesn't matter, and you don't even have to be a model - I haven't modelled before and Rei made me feel really comfortable.

Before I forget - all of the clothing used in the shoot is by myself  except for the lingerie in the last image (and the leggings were made to fit my uneven legs too, so you don't have to be 'perfect' to have nice clothes! There's no such thing as perfect anyway!)

Helpful Links:

Rei Bennet Facebook Page:

Kitty Creme (my clothing) Facebook Page:

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