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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!