London Fashion Week paving the way...By Niamh Duffy -
"What we think of a 'whole' or 'perfect' is open to interpretation, deconstruction and ultimately reformation"
- Teatum Jones', Fashion Designers
I don't think I will be the only person to say that I think it was extremely refreshing and uplifting to see Vicky Balch, a teenager who lost her right left after a rollercoaster crash in 2015, walking for Teatum Jones' spring/summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week. Body confidence and self image is an issue for many people – young and old, able bodied and disabled – that needs addressing in modern society.
For the disabled community steps like this towards the inclusion of disabled models, actors etc is providing excellent inspiration, especially for the young. There is still a way to go but with prestigious events like London Fashion Week and brands such as Teatum Jones' and Mars supporting this movement hopefully it is just a matter of time before we see an increase in disabled people in the media.
An excellent example of this is our #LimitlessAmbassador Sam Renke, who you may recognise from the Maltesers' adverts. I was lucky enough to meet Sam recently at Parallel London to have a go at burlesque dancing, and she truly portrayed everything Limitless is about. I can't wait to get her up to Birmingham for a night out!
If you would like to read the Independent article this piece is based on - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/amputee-model-vicky-balch-alton-towers-smiler-crash-london-fashion-week-teatum-jones-a7949946.html