I really enjoyed talking fashion with fellow Parallel London ambassador Mik Scarlet. We share thoughts on the best clothes for wheelchair users and Mik talks in a very honest and humorous way about his views on the fashion industry. He gives an insight into his choice of clothes and you may be surprised. Take a look at the video. Thank you to Parallel London for the use of your meeting room for this interview.
I had the honour to interview Samantha Renke talking about fashion for my youtube channel. At this point I am sure you already know Sam… but below is an intro I found in the Daily Mail. I hope you like our video. We talk about Parallel London, how to be a model, VisAble, fashion in general, the things Sam likes to wear, etc… I won’t tell you everything so not spoil the video.
In the end, we ended up with 2 videos.
Enjoy it and please leave your comments.
Who is Samantha Renke?
“Samantha, 32, is a Lancashire born actress and public speaker who currently lives in east London.
Renke, a former teacher, moved to London several years ago to pursue a career in acting and made her debut in an independent film called Little Devil.
Samantha won best actress at the LA Diversity Film Festival.
She is a supporter of the disability charity Scope and patron of Head2Head Theatre Company, and occasionally writes for The Huffington Post.”
She’s on Twitter @samrenke. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5259409/Would-share-real-story-wounds.html
I had the honour to be featured on the Disability Talk Website. They have news about what goes one in the disabled world, interviews, and much more that you must know. Check them out! Here is part of my interview, for the full article please go to the website in the link: https://disabilitytalk.co.uk/2017/12/20/samanta-bullock-proof-wheelchair-not-obstacle/
…With a background in fashion, I am passionate about inclusive fashion and leading a healthy and active lifestyle. I live in London and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and life experiences to raise awareness of inclusion, fashion, and healthy lifestyles. I have been in a wheelchair since 1992 and played wheelchair tennis from 2003 until 2009 representing Brasil and winning a doubles silver medal at the 2007 Para Pan Am Games. …
Many people dream of a career of being a model. Not so long ago, a career in modelling would have been completely unthinkable for wheelchair users. As a model, I am subject to exactly the same demands as every other model. In other words, I have to be very disciplined when it comes to my diet, I have to be active, and, of course, I have to look after my appearance ….
Being a Brazilian; Adriana Chiari was a magazine that I’d always wanted to be involved with. They inspire, motivate and empower women throughout the UK, which is where I live, but they’re a Brazilian magazine, which is where I originated from. Ultimately, it made perfect sense for me to collaborate with them. So, when I got the opportunity, I took it with both hands and was filled to the brim with excitement.
But, it was even more special that as I was the cover of the edition!
Now, talking about the issue; it is titled ‘Without Rules, Without Judgements’, and it’s designed to help curb the social stigmas that surround the female body. You see, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and women should feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. I was ecstatic to appear on the cover of this issue and my passion for fashion, healthy lifestyles and inclusion suited the subject perfectly.
Over the years I’ve done a whole host of different shoots and covers, but this was by far one of my favourites. The topic of the edition enticed so many gorgeous, inspiring and strong women to join me in the photo shoot, and we all worked in harmony towards a common goal – spread the word that beauty is present in the most diverse forms. For instance, there were women who were plus-sized, black, senior citizens and in wheelchairs – all celebrating diversity!
Heber Barros and Daniele Luquine, the photographers, did a wonderful job of capturing the most amazing moments. But, as I love fashion, it is no surprise that one of my favourite aspects of the cover was my time with experts Romana Pavaneli and Roseana Shekinah. They took care of me from the moment I got there and made my makeup look absolutely stunning. In fact, the two of them put everyone’s makeup on perfectly and also Sebastion London for his magnificent clothes.
Moreover, I mustn’t forget the brilliant work of Marilia Maciel – the journalist. Alongside my cover, I also have an article written about me, my journey and my commitment to empowering women. Marilia did a great job of conveying the message that I wanted to express, and putting her own professional twist on it.
Oh, and all this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the personal vision of the founder of the magazine – Adriana Chiari. She is the spearhead of this fantastic philosophy, and it was great to work with someone that has made such a difference for women like me, like you and like all the others within the population.
During my time there, I managed to record a vlog including all of the backstage footage of the shoot. There were also opportunities to interview some of the fantastic women that attended, and I capitalized on that! Anyway, if you’d like to see exactly what happens at an Adriana Chiari photo shoot, then watch the video by clicking on this link…
Reflecting on my experience with Adriana Chiari; I’m just so delighted to witness a shift in media perception of women. All of those social stigmas are slowly, but surely starting to diminish and this is vital for women around the world. The media should be promoting positivity and inclusion, not ostracising individuals for their appearance or body shape.
So, it’s crucial that the media continues to improve its view, and society will follow!