Forums > Model Colloquy > Disabled models, what do you think of this?

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

Me as a disabled model is curious about the opinion from the members of Model Mayhem about this... Let's discuss this subject!

Aug 06 08 04:28 pm Link

Photographer

David Shinobi

Posts: 5512

Daytona Beach, Florida, US

Any persons disability SHOULD have no affect what-so-ever.

Aug 06 08 04:31 pm Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

so everyone can be a model? ofcourse when you have the looks....

Aug 06 08 04:34 pm Link

Photographer

Awesome Photos

Posts: 208

Santa Maria, California, US

The female in the first image on my profile is a quadroplegic model. Isn't this just beautiful? Don't let any disabilities deprive you of your dream. Set your goals high and strive to achieve them.

Aug 06 08 05:01 pm Link

Model

Mia Mali

Posts: 1638

Los Angeles, California, US

I hate to be a debbie downer, but it's got to be said. don't let your disability stop you from modelling, but as I would say to any short, chubby, or any other model asking the same question, don't count on modeling to be a full time career. I've had to face the music since I'm a short model. basically, enjoy modeling, but have a "real" job, it's what I do.

Aug 06 08 05:08 pm Link

Photographer

Paul Bryson Photography

Posts: 48035

Hollywood, Florida, US

Miss Marianna wrote:
Me as a disabled model is curious about the opinion from the members of Model Mayhem about this... Let's discuss this subject!

For me it depends on what the disability is, and if that disability interferes with a certain project.

Now if you're referring to "mentally challenged" models, that's no problem at all. I enjoy working with like-minded people. tongue

Aug 06 08 05:08 pm Link

Model

Fifi

Posts: 58133

Annapolis, Maryland, US

I'm not understanding the question. Are you asking if disabled models can model? If so, I will say yes. That's like asking if a short person can model.

Aug 06 08 05:16 pm Link

Model

Mia Mali

Posts: 1638

Los Angeles, California, US

my point exactly.

Aug 06 08 05:23 pm Link

Model

P I X I E

Posts: 35329

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Miss Fifi-Alexis wrote:
I'm not understanding the question. Are you asking if disabled models can model? If so, I will say yes. That's like asking if a short person can model.

Word.

Aug 06 08 05:37 pm Link

Model

Rachel Jay

Posts: 20356

Hoffman Estates, Illinois, US

Miss Fifi-Alexis wrote:
I'm not understanding the question. Are you asking if disabled models can model? If so, I will say yes. That's like asking if a short person can model.

Yea, I agree.

There are plenty of models here who are disabled, and plenty of photographers who work with them.  They key is finding those who want to work with you smile

Aug 06 08 06:00 pm Link

Photographer

Lumigraphics

Posts: 32725

Detroit, Michigan, US

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=326834

Check out this thread.

I don't mind shooting someone who is disabled smile

Aug 06 08 09:54 pm Link

Photographer

Christopher N.

Posts: 613

Troy, Michigan, US

http://www.geocities.com/capella_nero/alexN01.jpg

Alex N.

I was honored to work with her....

Aug 06 08 09:59 pm Link

Photographer

Lumigraphics

Posts: 32725

Detroit, Michigan, US

Christopher N. wrote:
http://www.geocities.com/capella_nero/alexN01.jpg

Alex N.

I was honored to work with her....

Same here. She's beautiful and a sweetie.

And at the DEAC shoot, nobody treated her as "the poor girl in the wheelchair." She was there to model and join in the fun and was treated as a peer by everyone else there.

I hope I get the chance to work with her again sometime. Just like every other model that I shot smile

Aug 06 08 10:29 pm Link

Photographer

Orlando Ingram

Posts: 263

Tampa, Florida, US

Find the image in every person. This beautiful young lady was completly deaf

http://modelmayhm-5.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/080723/22/4887ef96f16a3.jpg

http://modelmayhm-5.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/080610/00/484dffc5272a2.jpg smile

Aug 06 08 10:40 pm Link

Photographer

JONATHAN RICHARD

Posts: 671

New York, New York, US

I am curious about the opinion of any agency you may be seeking repesentation with ?
modeling has many facets..yet it is often more about what  you seek to achieve with your modeling

Aug 06 08 10:55 pm Link

Model

Periola

Posts: 20

New York, New York, US

I think it's a great idea!  Modeling is about showcasing the beauty of a person, and it's great you want to do it.  Power to you.

Aug 06 08 11:00 pm Link

Model

Alex N

Posts: 2185

Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

You know, eventually I have to make a list of model mayhem models with 'disabilities', there really are quite a few some with visible physical ones, and those with less visible ones, hearing-impaired models... the list goes on and on.


Anyway I don't think a person should feel or be made to feel that they shouldn't model because of a disability. In fact, I kind of think the opposite, I'd love to see more people with 'disabilities' in the media whether in print, or film, anywhere really. I know it would've been nice as a teenager to have known of someone who I could someone relate to physically in the public eye. (It's late so I'm not  sure if that made sense, but hopefully, you can decipher the general idea.) There are definitely some widespread positive effects that are possible outcomes from something like that.

And who knows, maybe one day if enough people take so-called risks and put themselves out there, not letting anyone hold them back, no one else will have to ask if it's OK for a disabled person to model.

Also, because I do know that there's some people on here who find the term disabled offensive, I just want to apologize if my use of it has offended you. In this context it is certainly not meant to be taken that way, and honestly I'm a little bit too exhausted to think of any other terms my voice control will write right now.

Aug 07 08 12:22 am Link

Photographer

digitalfrog

Posts: 546

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

You have to watch http://www.bbc.co.uk/missingmodel/

It's a 7 or so TV serie, and it can be downloaded from the net. Don't ask me how.

Aug 07 08 06:57 am Link

Model

JoJo

Posts: 25641

Clearwater, Florida, US

I don’t see a disabled model, I see a model in a wheelchair. To me there is a major difference.

A disabled car is one sitting at the side of the road.

You are not sitting at the side of life, you are living it. Go for it!

Aug 07 08 07:11 am Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

well, i agree with everyone here. i'm not trying to put people in boxes, but the world just do! holland is not that openminded i guess, 'cause i've talked to a stylist once and she told me that when they do a shoot for something for disabled they use abled models! i thought: my god, why not a real disabled person????? as if we aren't people to model!

then i had the thought to start a model agency especially for people who are short, long, thick, thin, disabled, but it would be too much work for me...so i keep that in mind!

then at one day i received an email from a photographer who was looking for models, because she just started photography... so i thought, let's give it a try and so, now i'm here and next week i have my 14th shoot!

i like that woman in the wheelchair on the picture, beautiful picture!

and ofcourse i would love to work with some of you, maybe i will someday...

Aug 07 08 07:13 am Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

JoJo Suicide wrote:
I don’t see a disabled model, I see a model in a wheelchair. To me there is a major difference.

A disabled car is one sitting at the side of the road.

You are not sitting at the side of life, you are living it. Go for it!

i definitly am!

Aug 07 08 07:14 am Link

Model

Alex N

Posts: 2185

Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

Alex N wrote:
You know, eventually I have to make a list of model mayhem models with 'disabilities', there really are quite a few some with visible physical ones, and those with less visible ones, hearing-impaired models... the list goes on and on.

Okay, actually I am making a list. If anyone has any suggestions, or would like to be included on it, or excluded from it please let me know. It's currently the bottom list in my profile.

Anyone who has a disability visible or not, it's more than welcome to be included.

/end thread hijack/

Aug 07 08 07:59 am Link

Photographer

Carla Frances Photo

Posts: 455

Sacramento, California, US

There is a photographer on here, a rather stunning one at that, who works almost exclusively with models with some form of "disability". bd miller. he's amazing.

Aug 07 08 08:02 am Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

is his name bd miller? i MUST find him then...

alex, put me on your list, girl!

Aug 07 08 08:20 am Link

Model

Alex N

Posts: 2185

Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

Miss Marianna wrote:
is his name bd miller? i MUST find him then...

alex, put me on your list, girl!

You were actually one of the first people I added.

Aug 07 08 09:12 am Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

thanks, that's cool!

Aug 07 08 11:46 am Link

Model

Miss Alison

Posts: 7092

Detroit, Michigan, US

Alex N wrote:

Okay, actually I am making a list. If anyone has any suggestions, or would like to be included on it, or excluded from it please let me know. It's currently the bottom list in my profile.

Anyone who has a disability visible or not, it's more than welcome to be included.

/end thread hijack/

put me on it, girl! /theadjack

Aug 07 08 01:28 pm Link

Model

Miss Alison

Posts: 7092

Detroit, Michigan, US

I'm disabled and aside from a few miscommunications, it really hasn't prevented me from booking work at all these days.

it's all about how you present yourself, before, during, and after you're in front of a camera.

Aug 07 08 01:29 pm Link

Model

Cordial Lee

Posts: 7070

Houston, Texas, US

JoJo Suicide wrote:
I don’t see a disabled model, I see a model in a wheelchair. To me there is a major difference.

A disabled car is one sitting at the side of the road.

You are not sitting at the side of life, you are living it. Go for it!

very well said!

Aug 07 08 10:14 pm Link

Model

Fifi

Posts: 58133

Annapolis, Maryland, US

Miss Alison wrote:
I'm disabled and aside from a few miscommunications, it really hasn't prevented me from booking work at all these days.

it's all about how you present yourself, before, during, and after you're in front of a camera.

Exactly... just make your limitations known before the shoot. I can't stand/walk for long periods of time. I make sure the photographer knows what I can and cannot do long before we shoot. And, I also make it known that my disability is a visible one. Luckily, most photographers don't mind it at all, and a few have even wanted to photograph it.

I view my disability like I view my height.... there's not much I can do about it, but I won't let it stop me from doing what I want.

Aug 07 08 10:19 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38935

Portland, Oregon, US

Personally, I have even greater respect for models who are in your situation.... maybe it's because a good friend of mine is a paraplegic who competitively races very fast sports cars (using hand controls) and runs a very successful business.

Not only do I think that if you want to model that you should do it, but I also admire and respect each of you for pursuing your desires to model.

Aug 07 08 10:32 pm Link

Model

Big A-Larger Than Life

Posts: 33422

The Woodlands, Texas, US

JoJo Suicide wrote:
I don’t see a disabled model, I see a model in a wheelchair. To me there is a major difference.

A disabled car is one sitting at the side of the road.

You are not sitting at the side of life, you are living it. Go for it!

Well fucking said!  Damn if only we had presidential candidates this damn insightful it'd be awesome.  Well put dude.

Aug 07 08 10:53 pm Link

Photographer

Lumigraphics

Posts: 32725

Detroit, Michigan, US

Miss Alison wrote:
I'm disabled and aside from a few miscommunications, it really hasn't prevented me from booking work at all these days.

it's all about how you present yourself, before, during, and after you're in front of a camera.

Another model with a disability who I would shoot every day if she'd let me tongue

Aug 08 08 12:05 am Link

Model

jen marie

Posts: 160

Lodi, New Jersey, US

Mia Salen wrote:
I hate to be a debbie downer, but it's got to be said. don't let your disability stop you from modelling, but as I would say to any short, chubby, or any other model asking the same question, don't count on modeling to be a full time career. I've had to face the music since I'm a short model. basically, enjoy modeling, but have a "real" job, it's what I do.

Not necessarily true. I'm 5'3 and modeling has been my sole source of income ever since I sucessfully got myself fired from a shit job 4 months ago.

There really are no limits to what you can do if you have realistic expectations, can network and self manage well and are located in an area with a good market for what you do.

Aug 08 08 03:56 am Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

i agree!

i have enough confidence to do the modelling! i really want to stimulate other dutch disabled models, although i know i'm not the first dutch disabled model. but i guess you get the point!

Aug 08 08 08:08 am Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

by the way, i have a group on hyves, it's dutch, but maybe you're interested: http://specialmodels.hyves.nl/

what i've noticed is that there are not many male disabled models...or am i wrong?

Aug 09 08 08:19 am Link

Photographer

digital Artform

Posts: 49326

Los Angeles, California, US

BBC Looks For Disabled Model

The BBC is to launch what it claims is the UK's first TV competition for disabled models with a BBC3 series that aims to find a fresh mainstream fashion face.

BBC3's series, which has working title of Britain's Missing Top Model, will see eight women with disabilities compete over three weeks to prove to a panel of industry experts they have what it takes to be a mainstream fashion model.

The BBC and the show's maker, Love Productions, whose credits include the forthcoming BBC3 series Pramface Mansion, said they hoped the series would "challenge artificial boundaries" in the fashion business and "empower" women.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=296152

Aug 09 08 08:45 am Link

Model

Miss Marianna

Posts: 202

Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

that's good! it makes me a little angry, 'cause i think that holland is not very open in modelling with a disability... it's seems like programs like hollands next top model, model in 1 day, etc just seem to ignore the fact that disabled can do it! they never choose you, because you are not making money for them. but what about the models for make-up campaigns, they only use their face, so why can't they hire a beautiful woman in a wheelchair with a beautiful face and put her in the campaign?

i really want to make clear to the society that we exist and that we can be a model too, cause of the stupid society it seems like every woman is perfect, etc. that's why some people who can't relate to that image get problems like anorexia and that they think they are not beautiful. that has to stop in the future!

Aug 09 08 09:25 am Link

Clothing Designer

nothing

Posts: 9229

Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan

depends on what I am shooting and what the disability is. And this opinion probably applies to most photographers.

Oct 06 08 12:58 am Link

Clothing Designer

nothing

Posts: 9229

Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan

oops. didn't mean to bump an old thread

Oct 06 08 12:59 am Link