Talk with Marcela Turnage on Fashion and Representation

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Gunda Hafner
Pict by Piotropacki

Marcela was here in September and we did a photo shoot for Gunda Hafner with @Piotropacki. I think I talked about this  in a previous blog. It was a fun day and we captured some amazing pictures for the launch of Gunda’s new collection. Marcela, known  as ‘The Journey of a Brave Woman’ on Instagram, came to Europe to give a talk at the Rewalk conference in Germany and we decided that she should come a few days earlier so she could spend time with me and get to know London as my house is accessible. It was so fun to have her around. I could show her around and it looks like we are old friends and not only Insta followers. On the last day we decided to sit and film for you guys about the Rewalk and her experience ( I launched this film last month – Check it out) and we also decided to talk about fashion and representation. I put a film together of this talk that we did specially for you.

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Photo shoot team

Yesterday was Marcela’s birthday so I would like to share this blog to congratulation her on that. Marcela, you are doing great work. Keep being real, keep being  your authentic self and inspiring others. We love you hun.

I really hope you like it and please share for someone you think will like it and leave your comments, that are always welcome.

Much love. Sam

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Being Frida for one day – Exhibition coming up soon.

Hello my friends.
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Frida Kahlo

I am here today to talk about a person that I am really a big fan of and that I had the opportunity to play her in a photoshoot. Her name is Frida Kahlo.  Do you know her?

She is a  very famous Mexican painter who was married to Diego Rivera. She was a Communist and mainly she is known for her disability, many operations and chronic pain like me.
I was lucky to go to Mexico a few years ago and went to visit her house and see her clothes, and to be surrounded by all her stuff. What I liked most was her bed that has a mirror on the top from where she painted portraits of herself. She used a lot of colours in her work and she is remembered for her monobrow and flowers in her hair. There is a film on Netflix about her and I highly that recommend you watch it.
 
Over the summer in England, Frida is being celebrated in exhibitions. I took a picture in the street in Chelsea in front of a large mural of her with real flowers in her hair… AMAZING  Also I was asked to play her for an exhibition that will be on from 22 August to 6 September in London. I will leave the details at the bottom of the blog. So what was it? A friend of mine, photographer Anila Hussain, invited me to play Frida for a photography exhibition. I accepted instantly. She said we are much like each other and I would represent Frida very well in this exhibition called ‘ALL CAN BE FRIDA’. So we prepared for more than 2 days… flowers, clothes, colours, makeup, hair. It was a big job for 10 minutes of photography.
And the result is here.
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Frida Kahlo by Samanta Bullock pict Anila Hussain
I also made a vlog of my day being Frida and I will also leave the link here. I was out of my comfort zone but I was so honoured and proud to do it. The photographer had special advice for me to connect with my pain while she was taking the pictures, so I thought about all challenges and physical pain I go through.

I just hope you can go to the exhibition and see the results for yourself. Just to bring awareness about Frida is already good enough but to be in an exhibition being her is the icing on the cake!

Espacio Gallery website for further information.https://www.espaciogallery.com

Here below is the vlog for the day. I hope you enjoy it.

Love Sam x

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AKHussainPhotography

 

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Why Disability is still not fully embraced by the Fashion Industry – Panel at Central Saint Martins-

Hi Guys.

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CSM Panel Discussion Diversity.

 

I made a vlog from my day at a panel discussion at Central Saint Martins, put together by Saskia Rowlands, where an expert panel discussed “Why Disability is still not fully embraced by the Fashion Industry”. Were there:

-Andrew Douglass CEO from Parallel London

-Caryn Franklin- Activist

-Deborah St Louise

-Edwin Mohney

-Samanta Bullock

Here is the link for the PodCast: https://m.soundcloud.com/saskia_rowlands/podcast-why-disability-is-still-not-fully-embraced-by-the-fashion-industry 

I also made a photo shoot on that day and I recorded everything to show you.

I hope you enjoy and please let me know why do you think the fashion Industry still didn’t embrace Disability.