Frankie makes history in UK’s first inclusive bridal photoshoot

Six disabled models took part in the UK’s first inclusive bridal photoshoot. 7-year-old model Frankie from Andover is very special because she was born with Down’s syndrome or more commonly known as Down syndrome. Recently, a charity and a bridal shop worked together to create a beautiful, inclusive photoshoot as part of a campaign to change the look of the bridal world.

Frankie and her family traveled to London so that she could pose in an elegant white wedding dress with six other disabled women.

Photo credit Stacey

The shoot was hosted by north London bridal boutique ‘The Boutique’ and The Models of Diversity, as part of a campaign to change the way the wedding industry represents women. They want to show all women and not just the general public.

Models of Diversity – a charity that promotes equality and diversity for the public good by promoting greater diversity in the fashion, beauty and media industries – worked with the boutique and agencies to make of the shoot a huge success.

Models of Diversity founder Angel Sinclair said the wedding industry “could do better to include all types of women in photoshoots ”

Donna, Frankie’s mom said I meant a “A big thank you to A Face Special Diversity Models Agency Christine Michael’s-Mehmet and La Boutique for this incredible opportunity! All the models of the day were really GORGEOUS! So proud of our beautiful daughter “

Frankie, usually works alongside a special Face agency which would be “working tirelessly to give so many young people with disabilities the opportunity to make their dreams come true and show the world the importance of inclusion and representation. But it was his biggest project to date.

Stacey, owner of a special face said “I am so proud of this campaign that it was important that women with disabilities were represented in the marriage industry.

The shoot had a woman in a wheelchair, ulcerative colitis, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) which is a lifelong invisible disease, mobility and neurological difficulties, alopecia and Down syndrome, all depicting women in beautiful ether robes.

The models who posed for the incredibly breathtaking shoot had explained that as young women there was nothing to relate to in the market, they felt they were unworthy and unrepresented because they were not alike.

The photo shoot aimed to show that it was possible for the wedding industry to “intensify and be more inclusive of not only traditional beauty ideals, but of all women.”Bridging the gap in diversity.

Bridal model Frankie had an absolutely fabulous time backstage getting her hair done professionally and then posing in front of the group of brides in a beautiful white dress.

Photo credit Stacey

Bridal store owners Christine Michaels, 46, and her sister Andrea, 41, were extremely proud of what has been achieved, especially being the first bridal store to feature a woman who doesn’t necessarily have a symmetrical face, or each member, or a certain look. manner.

Christine said “It’s a shame that more and more bridal shops and designers don’t use slightly different designs. Women who get married don’t just look like the models in these magazines.

“We believe these images should reflect real life and real brides.

“We have a mobility shop next to us and have always wanted to be an inclusive bridal shop, we have wheelchair access and we always welcome any bride because we believe that every bride is unique and everyone world should be treated in a special way when choosing her wedding dress. “

Together, the campaign hopes to normalize and celebrate our differences, so that the population at large feels represented and not just the privileged few.

Models of Diversity founder Angel Sinclair said: “Regardless of the positive and incremental changes the fashion industry has made in recent times in terms of diversity and inclusion, we have found that the wedding industry is still falling short. For too long he has only shown a very common image of what society thinks is beautiful.

“Our subscribers were fed up with not seeing themselves represented, it harms self-esteem and creates negativity around what should be a happy time.

“With this stunning campaign, we hope to provide a platform for people with disabilities to become more visible and redefine the beauty of the bride.”

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