Young Fashionistas

There were 2 fashion shows in the past 2 weeks using models  with disabilities to show the clothes and raise money for two different charities. One even made a rare appearance in Vogue!

Congrats to the team who worked on the Fashion with Passion show for HAFAD.

Unfortunately I didn’t make it down to the Fashion with Passion show but I attended an inspirational charity event last Monday, a fashion show that was organised by some pretty incredible young women who wanted to spread the message that you can be disabled, full of personality, fashionable, confident and sexy. The fashion show was the brainchild of Tess Daly and Natasha Horton and the event was hosted by Jonathan Phang with an auction overseen by Jon Snow to raise funds for The Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

I was really struck by how image conscious and fashion aware the young men and women affected by SMA were; regardless of the physical impact of their disability this crowd were seriously on trend and into fashion in a big way! The hair and make up was simply marvellous, in particular two fabulous girls with amazing, vibrant red hair which made Rihanna’s current colour seem bland in comparison. It was a pleasure to see so many young people with disabilities create an event that was about challenging stereotypes and showing that we can have fun with fashion too.

Well done Tess & Tasha and the rest of the team!


About Shannon Murray

I am an actress, broadcaster, writer and lawyer; not really that unusual but I am also paraplegic as a result of an accident as a teenager. This is the place where I ramble on about random stuff.
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2 Responses to Young Fashionistas

  1. Davnet says:

    Would have loved to have been there. So many inspirational women out there to be proud of.


  2. Pierre says:

    Maybe you might like to know how influential your success earlier this year has become. I recently used a slide of your Debenhams red dress shoot to teach a lesson on Employment Law & the Disability Discrimination Act. It made a very positive impact on the kids and they understood the picture and it’s message – except perhaps for one particular girl who commented on how “it was really out of order the way the girl in the wheelchair was crossing her legs like that, that’s so unfair against disabled people who really are in wheelchairs and can’t cross their legs” when I pointed out that you really are a wheelchair user and actually do have a disability – you should have seen her face. “Oh…but.. I thought she was a model pretending to be disa…..” “No K. -she really is a model but she’s not preten….” Anyway you get the picture. I then went on to explain all about the shoot and its importance. Even Gok got a mention! Bless her. She couldn’t stop apologising. Well you live and learn eh….? Interesting how disability and fashion have come together to educate the future generations. So you’ve done well there Miss M. Keep it up. Thanks for helping with my lesson plan – even if you didn’t mean to. K extends her gratitude too, she’ll be careful not to jump to conclusions about people in future- disabled or otherwise. So, until the next time adieu.


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