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I am now working with Models of Diversity - who are an absolutely fantastic organisation who campaign for equality and fair representation within the media and fashion industry. So as an ambassador for equality for disabled people within the fashion industry, I wanted to share with you guys the AMAZING product, known as the mannequal.

The mannequal was created by disabled model and artist Sophie Morgan. If you're from the UK you may have seen a few of her documentaries on the BBC - and if you haven't I urge you to search them online. The idea is that the mannequal will be placed in a shop window or display and any male or female mannequin can sit on it. This revolutionary product is the first of its kind, and helps to call an end to disability discrimination.


“All disabled people shop, so we should be represented in the stores we shop in, simple as that!”  - Sophie Morgan


Fashion is the last place you will find someone who has a disability, there are no people in wheelchairs or missing limbs going down the runway. There are no disabled mannequins on display and no representation in stores or online. The idea behind the Mannequal is for stores to display mannequins sitting in it, which will show disabled people how the clothes will appear on them. How many times have you been shopping and seen some clothes on a mannequin and thought 'That looks nice on'? Well something that may look nice on a person who can stand might not look good on a person in a wheelchair or a person who has missing limbs. It's also about identifying how easy clothes look to put on, because we mustn't forget for a lot of disabled people getting dressed is a mammoth task! Sophie wants her work to be a symbol of understanding, respect, equality and exclusivity. 


What do you guys think about the mannequal? Have you seen one whilst out shopping?


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I do not own any of the photos used in this blog post. All photos are credit to Mannequal and Sophie Morgan

47 comments

  1. These mannequins are awesome - I sadly have not seen any!! I will definitely keep an eye out for them hope you are managing to enjoy the sunshine xx

    www.lulabelloves.com

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    1. They've been around since 2010, so it's a shame they are still quite rare!

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    1. Me too! They come in black or white. I think they are so great

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  3. The mannequins are very cool!
    Will definitely be looking out for these.

    DarlingSophie

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    1. I like the shiny mannequins, but I love the wheelchair even more! :)

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  4. So much love for this concept! We need to see them in shops more!
    xx Rebecca

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  5. I love these mannequals! I wish we see them more in the shops an online!

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    1. They are so great, I wish we were seeing them more too :(

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  6. Fab post Hayley & I haven't seen these before either but I love them! :)

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    1. Thanks Alison! Hopefully we will see them much more in the future...

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  7. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing these with us. I've not seen them before. I've made a note to search for Sophie's documentary's on BBC too
    ~ Kate

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    1. Thank you Kate, my pleasure :) Oh yes do! She's done a couple, definitely worth a watch if they are still on Iplayer!

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  8. I wish we were seeing these more in shops and online etc. We still have a long way to go before equality is given in shops and retail. The idea is excellent, and they are stylish and fashionable so would look great on a display too!

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    1. It is an excellent idea I agree and they are stylish too, I guess it's down to the stores whether or not they want to display them or not though

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  9. Great idea. And great you are now working with models of diversity - well done Hayley-Eszti!
    xx Tash
    @ Thesunswallowedme

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    1. Thanks Tash! Hopefully we will be making a stand and getting the shops being more fair towards all groups!

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  10. Browsing the comments here and seeing that it has been around for a number of years now, and I've never seen it. This saddens me. It's an excellent idea and concept! The stores and companies need to take equality more seriously

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    1. I know, me too. They really do. Although we are making progress I think on the whole a lot more needs to be done! I don't know why stores wouldn't want to adopt the mannequals and use them

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  11. This is such an excellent idea! I work in retail and I've never seen them before, Such a shame!

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    1. SUCH an excellent idea! It's a shame they aren't a common sight I agree with you. Maybe you can show this post to your manager and get them to go and buy some for your shop! haha xx

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  12. This is an inspired idea. But I'm amazed I've never seen it anywhere.

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    1. You're absolutely right! I don't know why it hasn't been introduced in more stores, but it's a shame

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    1. It really is! Everyone seems to be all for it, which is great!

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  14. This is suuuuch a good idea! And I feel like it's been an awful long time coming! I love things like this, where people are really making the effort to encourage equality. I loved it when Alexander McQueen used Aimee Mullins in one of his runway shows and she wore those beautiful hand-carved prosthetic legs. Like, I thought they totally enhanced the outfit and it was such a lovely way of showing that being disabled is definitely not a disadvantage when it comes to fashion!

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    1. I'm so glad you feel that way Amy! I couldn't agree with you more! When high end designers are using disabled models more and more, why aren't the high street embracing it too? After all the majority of disabled people aren't going to be buying Alexander McQueen, they're going to be buying h&m.

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  15. Oh this is fantastic! I can't wait to see them in stores. Plus the wheelchairs look really chic! It's great to see you campaigning with Models of Diversity too! Good luck :-) (not that you need it)

    xo
    www.thisisfrancescarose.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Francesca! They are very chic, they aren't going to look out of place or ugly either, which is cool :)

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  16. Those mannequins are absolutely stunning..I will keep an eye out for them

    http://thelittlebigobsession.blogspot.com

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    1. Aren't they! I love how fashionable and fresh they look too, which is essential if they are going to look good on display. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  17. I can't believe they have been around so long yet hardly anyone has seen them. I think all online retailers should be using them on their websites alongside other mannequins or models. Especially as that's where most of us will buy our clothes. Off to look up some of those documentaries. X

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    1. I know! Everyone seems to think they are a really great idea so the shops need to listen to the people!

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  18. Wow that's awesome! Good on you for getting involved and what a great idea! They should get these down in my part of the world! xxx

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    1. Thanks Lennae! They should! They should have them all over the world!

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  19. Your blog is absolutely amazing. I loved it. Such an inspiration. I think its a great idea, they should be all around the world. Stunning.

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    1. Thank you Renata! That really means a lot to me :) They should be all around the world, hopefully one day the will be

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  20. I have never seen the clear and transparent one before! But it looks so cool and creative!

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  21. This is brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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