Press Release: January 29, 2010
The new series focuses on women with disabilities and issues with body confidence and Wan hopes that it will send out a message to millions of viewers about how the fashion industry should be approaching fashion for the disabled. It also highlights the need for a more inclusive approach in fashion around this issue, and it looks to have made a great start.
Models Direct have always believed that fashion should be accessible for all and sees the series as another positive step from Channel Four. The only shame is that as a society we are still not yet at a stage where disabled women would naturally be included in such a series. Despite this, it is fantastic to see Gok Wan working his magic on more ladies who have concerns with their bodies and how to flatter them most, and he does a fantastic job as usual.
More representation of the disabled is required in the fashion and entertainment industries in order to address the issues raised in How to look good nakedwith a difference. However, Models Direct are encouraged by stories like that of Kelly-Marie Stewart (of Hollyoaks).
Last year, Kelly spoke to Disability Now about her role in the Channel Four soap.
There are so many conditions that people arent aware of and have never heard of, she pointed out. This is a good way of raising awareness of disability generally. People still seem to see a wheelchair as a problem [when trying to work in acting] but, in this day and age, its not.
She goes on Ive been in a chair for two-and-a-half years and have never been turned down for something because of it.
Kelly-Marie attended theatrical academies Liverpool Theatre School and Elliot Clarke. She modelled for several designers and appeared in television adverts before landing her role in the soap.
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