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.

 disabled london scout fashion week wheelchair model samanta bullock
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

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

wheelchair model Samanta Bullock Parlympian disabled
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.

Wheelchair user model samanta bullock
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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Evolution of the Fashion Industry

Evolution of the Fashion Industry

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.

Disabled Model
Getting ready for London Fashion Week

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.

Wheelchair Model Samanta Bullock
Wheelchair Model Samanta Bullock

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.