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Disabled Models - Changing High Fashion Stereotypes

By February 3, 2013

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When you think of a high fashion model, do you think of them as being in a wheelchair, or perhaps missing an arm? How about a model gracing the catwalk with a prosthetic leg, or two?

Disabled models are slowly, yet surely, breaking into the modeling industry and changing people's perception about what is beautiful, as well as what may appeal to the average consumer. Society is changing in the way it views the disabled, and perhaps the fashion industry should think about changing as well.

There are numerous models that are helping to change the way we view them, whether it is in a fashion magazine, on television, or in your local Sunday paper circular. It is likely that you'll see children with Down Syndrome modeling clothes for Target or a woman with a forearm missing, posing for a fashion shoot in Marie Claire.

Teens and adults who have disabilities, whether visible or invisible, can now find modeling agencies that are excited about representing them. They aren't just posing in photos of accessories for the disabled either. They are getting casting calls that may include television ads, print modeling, presenters at events, and more. If you've longed to try modeling, now may be the perfect time to give it a try!

More information on modeling:

  • Disabled Models
  • Models with Disabilities
  • Perform an Internet search for modeling agencies in your area using terms such as "modeling agencies for disabled" or "disabled model agents"
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