I've often thought to myself, being a 'part time' wheelchair user myself and considering myself to be disabled, why are there no disabled women (and if there are, very few) being represented within the fashion industry - or other appearance driven industries for that matter.

Last week New York Fashion Week marked the first time a model 'walked' down the catwalk in a wheelchair, during the Carrie Hammer show. I think this is a truly great milestone and the model Dr Danielle Sheypuk looked glowing and fantastic. However I am sure there are some people out there who think that disabled people don't belong in the face of fashion, least of all the catwalks. 

Danielle on the runway and being photographed in Carrie Hammer Source Mail Online

Disabled people, people with disabilities, or physical abnormalities are all people. People who may or may have an interest in fashion, just like able bodied people may or may not have an interest in fashion. However interested or not, we all wear clothes, disabled people included. The question on my lips is where are disabled people being represented? Where are the lines pitched and aimed towards that market group? Plus size models, models of different ethnicity's, models of different ages are starting to be seen on the catwalks more and more, and they all have various lines and labels aimed at delivering pieces suitable for their group, but the category in question are being left behind somewhat.

The reason I think Carrie Hammer chose to present Danielle is because she specialises in custom pieces. She said she wanted to cast role models, not runway models. I think this is possibly one of the best things I have heard or seen so far this year. Progress is being made, slowly, but it is 2014 and it is about time equality amongst all groups was put into place. I hope last weeks event will be the start of the world seeing more disabled people being used and represented within the fashion industry, and being considered and thought about more upon manufacture and marketing. 

Danielle with fellow models Source Mail Online / girltalkhq.com

I have asked myself this question many times:
"If a person had the most beautiful, photogenic, unique face in the world with the possibility of becoming the next Twiggy, or the next Kate, or the next Tyra, but they were physically disabled in some way, would they make it? Would we see their face on the cover of vogue, and plastered on billboards and adverts worldwide?"

My answer would be YES! Absolutely, because their disability doesn't change anything, in fact it probably adds more uniqueness to the campaign and captivates peoples minds more because it generally isn't the done thing. What do you think? I'd be very interested to hear your opinions on this topic, leave them in a comment below :)

x Hayley-Eszti

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Do Disabled People Belong In The Fashion Industry?

In my opinion positivity is essential for any chance of keeping your head above the surface in life, or for any chance of some sort of recovery when you are living with a chronic illness. Positivity has the power to move you forward, negativity will only hold you back. I try my best to stay as positive as I can because why waste energy focusing on anything else? Doing that is only going to make you feel worse and it becomes a cycle. Of course it is a lot easier said than done, I don't even want to list all the reasons why it might be so hard because that would defeat the object of this post but for every negative aspect there is almost always a positive one hidden there somewhere, it just might be harder to find it.

Positive Aspects
I've decided to share some of the positive aspects and things I feel I have gained since being a long term ill person which is obviously a negative thing with negative effects, but some good has come out of it and that's what I try and focus on. You might see me posting a positive thought every now and then in the hope that some of you out there might see it and think 'you know what I didn't see it like that, but now I do' because I know how easy it can be to let the little demon that is the life of illness get inside of you and start taking control, and once you start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start seeing positive results.

"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough" 
Richard M. DeVos

So for me, something good to come out of being so unwell is how patient I have become and all because I've had no other choice. I see patience as being a skill that can only be improved through practice and just like any skill some people are naturally better at it, but the good thing is any skill can be improved upon and the more you are pushed, or the longer you are made to wait, the more patient you are going to become. Patience is a skill you will need for your whole life, and when a time comes where it needs to be put into action you're going to be so good at it you won't even realise how good at it you actually are, and when that happens the proof is all in the pudding.

Next time you are feeling down or having a hard time of things stop and think to yourself what good - even of small - has come out of the situation you are in? 

What good things can you think of to come out of your illness, or if you aren't ill - a negative situation? Tell me in the comment section :)

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