Post London Fashion Week Interview

Post London Fashion Week Interview

Hi friends

Following London Fashion Week I gave an interview to Fashion Scout Magazine talking about how the Industry of Fashion should move forward on the Inclusion aspects.

Also, I would like to thank Models of Diversity and Louise Linderoth for giving me the opportunity and  Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins for the kind words in this article.

I have selected a few of the best parts of the article in my view. Please let me know what you think.

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Interview for London Fashion Week

” …Samanta Bullock, an inspirational model and sports person, modelled deconstructed denim during the Swedish School of Textiles show during Fashion Scout SS18. As fashion makes gradual changes toward inclusivity and body positivity, we caught up with the model to hear her unique perspective on an adapting industry, how we can pioneer the ultimately modern movement forward, why in the midst of an extensive and impressive international career, you should and can remain humble and true to your original progressive ambition.

There are not often moments, when you interview somebody and come away astounded. Samanta is known for her incredible persistence and commitment to her love for modelling, and this is never more obvious then when discussing how she champions change. Opening up this passion and memorising attitude to others is her personal way of reminding everyone that with creativity and hard work, you can get what you want irrespective of societal ideals. Samanta’s achievements are varied and many, yet it is her refreshing thirst for life and fashion that energises those around her. When asked how this perspective is the driving force behind positively altering perceptions, Samanta explains her train of thought.

“WE NEED TO BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. I’M TRYING TO DO MY BEST FOR THE PLANET FOR THE ANIMALS, AND YOU NEED TO DO YOUR BEST FOR OTHER HUMAN BEINGS- WHO IS GOING TO SAY THAT SOMEONE IS BETTER OR WORSE THAN ME? THERE IS NO WORSE OR BETTER, SO WE HAVE TO KEEP PUSHING AND IF I PUT MY FAITH THERE, I’M SURE I’LL HEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYING NO NO NO BUT ONE YES IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR US TO KEEP GOING.” … 

There’s currently more of a feeling toward body positivity and it’s going to be quite a slow journey, that celebrates all people in terms of gender identity, race, age, sexuality, ability, and size- it’s an entire spectrum. Fashion and it’s artistic cultural value is one industry that can be a pioneer of change. Samanta is particularly compelling as she recognises that her focus, advocating diverse models, is a move toward a society that celebrates all people for their individuality.

I’M TELLING YOU OK ABOUT DISABILITY, BUT IT’S EVERYTHING, NO ONE IS BETTER THAN ANOTHER ONE, BETWEEN SOMEONE THAT IS 20 YEARS OLD, AND SOMEONE THAT IS 56 YEARS OLD. IF YOU’RE DISABLED YOU NEED TO BUY CLOTHES, IF YOU’RE A MAN YOU NEED TO BUY AS WELL. [THE INDUSTRY] NEEDS TO SHOW ALL THIS DIVERSITY. WE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL YOU KNOW, NO TREE IS THE SAME AS ANOTHER ONE, HUMAN BEINGS WE ARE NOT. SO WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL WHEN YOU SEE A FOREST, IS THE MASSIVE DIVERSITY, BECAUSE ALL TREES ARE DIFFERENT” ” … 

For full article please check the link below:

http://fashionscout.co.uk/news-home/post-ss18-interview-samanta-bullock

Best wishes

SB

Tommy Hilfiger launches an adaptive fashion line for disabled adults

Tommy Hilfiger launches an adaptive fashion line for disabled adults

Hello you.

The good news in the world of fashion is: Tommy Hilfiger launched an adaptive fashion line for disabled people. It is the revolution happening. Take a look at the full article on the link below.

The fashion industry, despite its recent strides in diversity, isn’t known for its accessibility. There are very few brands who go out of their way to accommodate disabled people or those with limited mobility. In fact, it can be difficult to get into many pairs of jeans even when you’re able-bodied.

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Disabled Models

So it’s a real punch in the air that Tommy Hilfiger has just launched a collection specifically designed for disabled adults. It’s not their first foray into adaptive fashion – they launched a line for kids back in 2016. But this is their first time doing a sportswear line based off pieces from Tommy Hilfiger collections. We’re talking adjusted seams and openings.

Magnetic and velcro closures. Magnetic zips. Adjusted leg openings

 

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/19/tommy-hilfiger-launches-an-adaptive-fashion-line-for-disabled-adults-7012169/?ito=cbshare

Let’s be the change we want to see in the world.

Best

Sam

My story on the METRO online.

My story on the METRO online.

Paralympian achieves her dream of taking part in a London Fashion Week show

Layla Haidrani for Metro.co.uk

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Wheelchair Model

If you’re still proud you won the Year 8 award for long jump, a Paralympian has put you to shame. Samanta Bullock finally achieved her dream of appearing on London Fashion Week after being told wheelchair users couldn’t model. The 39-year-old from London always longed to walk the catwalk but cast aside her modelling ambitions after frequent rejections because she couldn’t walk. When Bullock was fourteen, she accidentally shot herself with her father’s shotgun, severing her spinal cord as well as damaging her liver and pancreas.

But her modelling dreams were finally answered when she became an ambassador for charity Models of Diversity and paraded down the catwalk of London Fashion Week, fulfilling the goal she clung to for over three decades.

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Disabled Model

For the full article please take a look at the link below.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/01/paralympian-achieves-her-dream-of-taking-part-in-a-london-fashion-week-show-7046034/?ito=cbshare

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The importance of diversity in Fashion:

The importance of diversity in Fashion:

Many people talk about fashion in different ways. For some, fashion is all about glamour, fame, and popularity, for others, it’s about clothes,

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Street Survey in Croydon with MOD

looks and beauty. Fashion is not something that can be defined by one specific definition, although, the one thing everyone would agree on is the fact that fashion includes walking on the ramp and showing off the beauty of what you’re wearing. Throughout the years, fashion has shown diversity in many ways.  At the start, the only models that were allowed to walk on the ramp needed to be white, skinny and good looking. Fortunately, now, people are changing perceptions. With the improvement in time, you see black and plus-sized models as well. One of the most drastic changes that came into the fashion industry was when disabled models starting to show themselves off on the ramp.

A campaign with the name of “Models of Diversity” was started in 2008 by Angel Sinclair, who is a former model herself. She thought that people should think out of the box and bring something new to the typical, old fashion industry and with what she saw was that beauty should not only be defined by same sizes, shapes, and colours. This is why this campaign was started and was a huge success. The main purpose of this campaign was to give a chance to every person who is capable of being a model regardless of her size, color, shape, and disabilities. According to this, every person, who is either in a wheelchair or has lost some of their body parts or is black, overweight, short, is given a chance to light their worlds up by entering this glamorous industry of fashion.

This project is known as Models of diversity because of the amazing change that it has brought into the fashion industry. No one should ever be left behind in doing something they like. It was this project that helped many young and talented disabled models to come forward and move on the ramp with pride. These models include Jack Eyers, Kelly Knox, Muniba Mazari, Danielle Sheypuk, Leslie Irby, and Samanta Bullock and so on. The inclusion of this change into the fashion industry has changed the way people think.

There are no limitations to how you see something. Its all about the perspective. Beauty should not be defined by something specific, it is a vast term and every human is beautiful in their own unique ways. Many people believe that being fashionable or walking on the ramp is only about how you look on the outside, but that’s not true. Being a model requires time, patience, confidence and intelligence and every person who has enough confidence to walk proudly in front of a million people can be a pretty good model! With the right motivation and the right people, you can show yourself off with pride. Everyone deserves to feel special, no matter their disabilities.

So, this is it for today. Stay connected and keep reading because we’ve got plenty more to talk about fashion and disability. Till then keep loving and sharing our articles.