As you probably know I am an ambassador for Parallel Global, formerly Parallel London. Parallel is growing & spreading to other cities. If you don’t know Parallel Global it is a fully inclusive set of races for all ages and abilities with no cut off times. Participants can choose between a 10K, 5K, 1K, 100m, 3K walk (new) or the Super-Sensory 1k and take part in a festival of inclusive activities.
Social Media is a place where you can share your life, express yourself and become part of a community. You see, on Instagram, there are millions of users; millions of users that may share your vision, beliefs, and interests. It’s those people that you can connect with and form a positive partnership.
That’s why I put so much effort into Instagram because it allows me to showcase my passion for fashion and push the industry further. How? Well, for instance, some time back a brand approached me to try some of their clothing. Of course, they wanted me to give them some feedback, but in return, I was able to adorn a lovely piece of clothing. That’s how a partnership can help the fashion industry.
That brand was Palta Clothes, and I’m so glad they reached out to me. They’re completely unique in the way they operate, and it’s refreshing to see the awesome work that they’re doing. Their brand mission is to create sustainable clothing that includes everyone around the world. Palta truly wants their clothing to unite the world and be accessible to those that face daily struggles.
So far, they’ve done a pretty incredible job. Not only do they focus on being eco-friendly and affordable, they’ve decided to design stunning clothing for those who are less fortunate. According to their presentation, they’re targeting young people, 253 million visually impaired people, 25 million amputees, and 67 million wheelchair users.
Now, going back to my involvement with Palta, they provided me with a beautiful tunic that came in a gorgeous grey colour. The first thing I noticed was how brilliant the material was; it really felt like great quality. But, another thing which stood out was the versatility. I utilised the tunic in 4 different styles, and all of them looked super.
I adorned it with jeans for a casual look, on its own for comfort, with a belt to add some contrast and with a Peter Twiss jacket. I was so impressed with how they all appeared – I loved them! But, I gathered that when you choose Palta Clothes, you don’t just do it for the fashion. You join a brand that is pushing for a positive change across the world, and you are there to support them in their journey.
If you want to check out some of their clothing and learn more about their story, check out their website – www.paltaclothes.com. Alternatively, you can just hop onto Instagram and find them at ‘paltaclothes’.
Love Sam x
Nowadays, there’s more emphasis on taking care of your health than ever. Most people focus on regular exercise and forging a nutritionally-balanced diet. But, so many people often neglect how they hydrate themselves. The majority either fail to get enough water throughout the day or they utilise drinks that are full of sugar.
You don’t need to rely on just water, though. You can benefit highly from a natural, organic juice that is designed to optimise your health. I wasn’t aware of any brands that slotted into that category, until I was invited to a breakfast event with my friend Diane Jordan.
The event was hosted and run by WOW to launch their brand-new packaging. WOW is a brand that prides themselves on healthy juices that taste amazing.
They really put tons of effort into perfecting both the health and taste aspects, because after all, no-one will drink something that doesn’t taste nice, right?
There were plenty of samples of their drinks which we could freely try, with the main drink being their chia seed juice which had an apple, spinach and kiwi flavour. Of course, it’s very beneficial for your health and is absolutely organic, but the taste is the best part. The event wasn’t just to try their juices, though. I made sure to ask dozens of questions, so I could explore their vision, understand more about their brand and really get to know them.
I have to say; their brand is phenomenal. Alongside the juices, we also got to take some kale chips and energy balls, which combined beautifully. As I loved what they had to offer so much, and their new packaging looks awesome, I wanted to share their brand with you guys.
If you’re serious about taking care of your health, whilst still enjoying your diet, their juices are a great option. Personally, my favourite was the chia seed juice, but they also have an activated charcoal drink which comes in a raspberry flavour, and a pro-bacteria water which comes in an orange and mango flavour.
Give them a try… WOW!
Love Sam x
In 2018, it is not enough to have simply survived life’s obstacles – or even to thrive despite them. For me, as a paraplegic model, ambassador, parathlete, wife, and woman, to live my best life is to embrace my challenges.
Everyday, I accept myself. My legs, though at times I dislike them, are mine; though I don’t see them represented or reflected in the magazines and stores I browse in, they are here to stay. I’ve learned to love my body for all that it is. But still in 2018, and despite great progress towards diversity, it feels that there is much to be done to convince fashion to respect bodies like mine.
There are people like me all over the world growing up without any reference to their part or place in society; without seeing others, like themselves, living a full and fulfilling life. Still, it is as though having a disability is to be invisible – to have the full spectrum of who you are and who you could potentially become, ignored.
Beyond navigating the stigma, misconceptions, prejudice and doubts about what I, as a disabled person can achieve, I am working passionately to make sure that I see myself represented
in my industry. I challenge myself to work fearlessly in fashion, so that others like me feel confident that they can not just survive their own obstacles, but thrive and embrace them too.
I want to make the industry I’ve worked in for 30 years, more inclusive. My drive comes from my experience growing up, working as a model in Brazil; having my accident and then feeling like my dreams had been taken away from me. This stage in my life lead me to the next – to becoming number one tennis champion in Brazil; to being signed to a modelling agency, representing top brands like the BBC and Toyota; and to featuring on the runways at London Fashion Week. Now, I’m channelling my passions towards making a difference – towards an industry that embraces and celebrates disabled bodies.
I want the next generation of disabled children and adults to see people just like them, working in all aspects of the fashion industry. I want to see disabled designers, stylists, makeup artists and photographers involved in major brands and fashion shows. In fashion’s future, there’s a place for blind and partially sighted people, deaf people, people in wheelchairs, people with learning disabilities – disabled people who have all sorts of abilities.
I would like to work with all stakeholders in the industry to make fashion reflect society more accurately, and to create an environment wherein everybody feels welcome. In 2018, yes we have the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, River Island and ASOS to admire for their work towards this change; we have models like Kelly Knox and Madeline Stuart to inspire a new generation of models. But in 2018 I would like to see the leadership of these brands and power of these people’s stories motivating the entire fashion industry.
In 2018 it is not enough to leave the weight of inclusion on the shoulders of a few key players. Inclusion is about surviving and thriving together, embracing each other. Inclusion is about everybody – including you.