Disabled people are part of the world’s largest minority, but despite the large size of the community, these individuals are often shut out of the limelight in their respective industries. The fashion industry, with its luxurious runways and coveted exclusivity, is particularly guilty.
“I just love showing people that just because you’re in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fashion as much as everyone else.” Sophie Bradbury-Cox, a disabled fashion content creator from the UK, said in her Instagram story. An avid fan of all things rainbow and leopard print, Bradbury-Cox is one of many disabled influencers across the globe who are making strides for the visibility of disabled people in fashion, as are models Emily Barker and Aaron Rose Philipwho have worked with brands MoschinoCollina Strada and Maisie Wilen during fashion week.
“There should be more than one disabled person in every show. Designers should include disabled people as a norm, not just a one-off, and they should make all their stores, shoots and runways accessible,” Barker told POPSUGAR in 2021 interview.
Although there is still a lot of work to be done disability representation on runways and in modeling campaigns is the norm and not an exception, the influencers ahead create their own spaces for disabled people in fashion.
Scroll to learn more about how they’re shaking things up while showing off their unique sense of style and calling for representation. If you’re in dire need of some refreshing outfit inspiration on your Instagram feed, following these folks will surely help you too.