I was so excited to receive my Samsonite cabin luggage and laptop bag back. The cabin suitcase is personalized and came with my initials “SB” on it. It combines strength with lightness and is perfect for me when travelling only with cabin baggage. In airports and shopping centres I can easily attach the case handle over my backrest and pull it along. The quality is high with a number of great features including a retractable identification label. It has lockable zips and soft touch handles.
The laptop backpack is just what I have been looking for. I wanted a stylish bag that allows me to safely carry my computer. It is made to the very highest standards and has it’s of pockets for all the items that I carry with me on a daily basis. I chose black to match the backrest
of my wheelchair and to provide versatility in matching the clothes I wear.
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I made a review on my youtube channel. I will attach the link below. The pictures in this blog are taken by Roy Ikoroha and this lovely red dress is by Vinnette Grant.
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!
I often undertake talks on various aspects of life as a wheelchair user. One of these talks was to a group of students at the University of Arts in London who was studying fashion. I was invited by one of the students (Saskia Rowlands) that wanted to explore further making fashion more inclusive of everybody.
The tutor and the students were surprised to learn that 20% of the population has a disability and that there is a large market that is not being catered for by fashion designers and retailers. Sam shared ideas on how clothes could be designed in an inclusive way so that fashion can be accessed by people with a range of impairments.
We discussed ideas to how clothes could be designed for wheelchair users, amputees and the visually impaired. For example, wheelchair users do not need back pockets on jeans and trousers need to be designed for people who are in seated position. Tactile labels could be used to inform people with visual impairments of the colour and patterns of clothes.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to share some thoughts and ideas with a group of young designers and hope that they will embrace some of the thinking into their work.
It was exciting to be part of evolution in the fashion industry during 2017 London Fashion Week. To be invited by Models of Diversity to model designer Louise Linderoth’s range ‘Have a Seat’ in a Fashion Scout show was a dream come true. To then be featured by Vogue added to the excitement.
I trained as a model from the age of eight and have always been determined that my accident at the age of 14 would not take that dream away from me. I have done a lot of modeling but to be involved in London Fashion Week has been a long-standing ambition.
I loved modeling the designs of clothes developed by another wheelchair user and look forward to working with Louise again in the future.
It was also exciting to visit Old Spitalfields Market in the evening and support Models of Diversity fashion show with other disabled models and all range of diversity on the catwalk celebrating diversity in fashion.