I recently went on holiday to Brazil & while there I did this photo shoot in Capão da Canoa in Rio Grande do Sul. In this vide,o you will see some of the behind the scenes action. I hope you enjoy it and please leave your thoughts & comments.
Picture by: Lawson Filho
Clothes by Lojas Femelle
Hair: Bruna Franck
Jewellery: Silviane Teixeira
Makeup: Tainara Reis
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.
Whether you have a disability, you care for someone who is disabled or you work within the independent living sector, the Naidex convention is the pinnacle of the year. It’s by far the biggest industry exhibition in Europe, and that’s why so many people flock to the venue on an annual basis. How many to be precise? Just a mere 12,000.
Now, the event spreads across two whole days, which gives everyone a perfect amount of time to browse the stalls, watch some demonstrations and just have a great time. Everyone who attends is in some way connected to independent living, which empowers you to meet new people who share common interests.
I personally attend most years, and I’m always amazed at how many people actually turn up. But, I’m also inspired by the innovative solutions that companies continue to create and work so hard on. It almost highlights how determined humanity is to discover ways to make life better for disabled individuals.
From smart wheelchairs and robotic limbs, to aftercare and rehabilitation measures, the convention really does see some unique products on display. The wonderful thing is – and something that should give hope to the independent living community – technology keeps evolving at a tremendous pace, which means products will become more adept, more intelligent and more helpful.
Something that I’ve loved since I’ve been heading to Naidex is the element of healthy competition between traders. Everyone pushes each other to manufacturer better products, services and educational material. In fact, Naidex have even established their own awards ceremony.
It’s broken down into four sections; the Naidex Innovation Award, Naidex Changing Lives Award, Naidex Professional Award and Able Magazine Best in Show Award. For all those in attendance, you’re able to cheer on your favourite nominee and see who claims top spot. Moreover, like I’ve just touched on, this is something that I truly admire about convention.
So much so, I’ve actually been invited to be a part of the judging panel for the Naidex Changing Lives Award, alongside Geoff Holt MBE and Tom Jamison. This particular category is full of nominees that have forged a product or service that has had a hugely positive impact on users.
If you’re interested, the event will take place on Wednesday 25th of April and Thursday 26th April at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. Join the 12,000-strong crowd and pledge your support to the independent living sector. There’s roughly 300 exhibitors, one to one advice from leading professionals, and the chance to network with some amazing people. You can enhance your knowledge, buy cutting-edge products or just attend for the ambiance.
Want to know what the best part is? The convention is completely free to enter.
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.