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 ….
For models with disabilities, a fashion week with the name of ‘Runaway of Dreams’ is held. This fashion week was established in 2014 by a designer, Mindy Shayer and it gave different disabled models a platform to turn their dreams into reality. For Mindy, the main purpose of Runaway of Dreams was to make clothes for people with different disabilities. She herself, has a son who was born with a disability and that was her inspiration to make something for people who cant dress themselves. The clothes that are displayed during this fashion week are purely made for people with disabilities so that they don’t require a lot of help dressing up. Many different models collaborate with Runaway of Dreams and promote this cause.
One of the main reasons for growing awareness of diverse models is the fashion designers. Many different fashion designers and famous brands have taken strong action in promoting models with disabilities by giving them a platform. Some of these designers include the world-renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger is best known for his brand ‘Tommy Hilfiger Corporation’. Mr. Hilfiger has designed clothes for men and women with disabilities. He collaborated with Runaway of Dreams to design and promote clothes for adults with disabilities.
Every person who is passionate modeling, dreams of walking on the catwalk for some popular designer. Why should people with disabilities not get a chance? British Vogue gave a platform to disabled models to showcase themselves and feel as glamorous as any other model. Designers, Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones, collaboratively known as Teatum Jones, were ones of the pioneers who showcased the work at London Fashion Week and for this, they choose disabled models. They promoted models with different disabilities and gave them a highly professional platform to show their work.
It’s not just fashion designers that are promoting disabled models, but fashion stores such as ASOS have also used disabled models to promote their brands. ASOS has joined BDF (Business Disability Forum) which make clothes for Paralympic athletes. By partnering with them, they’re not only making clothes for disabled people but have participated in creating awareness among people that there are more than 6.9 million disabled people in the United Kingdom. Their promotion of this cause has also led them to make it easier for disabled people to shop online. They have used numerous disabled models to walk on the ramp.
Many disabled models have been given an opportunity to be in the runaway with confidence and pride. American horror story actress, Jamie Brewer, is the first model with Down’s syndrome to walk on the ramp in London based models of diversity fashion week. Other than that, British personal trainer, Jack Eyers, became the first male amputee model to walk on the catwalk. Jack Eyers was picked by celebrity fashion designer, Antonio Urzi, who is known to design clothes for Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Many people and designers have expanded their horizons and thought out of the box to make fashion look more glamorous and nothing is more glamorous than beauty displayed in every shape and size. Due to the awareness caused by these designers, people are now becoming more and more concerned with expanding the definition of fashion and the way people think. Fashion is not about the beauty anymore, it is so much more and that itself is beautiful.
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.
” …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” ” …
Paralympian achieves her dream of taking part in a London Fashion Week show
Layla Haidrani for Metro.co.uk
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.
For the full article please take a look at the link below.