Models of Diversity advocates for more diversity in models, and demands that the fashion and marketing industries recognise the beauty in people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Their mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling by sponsoring modelling workshops for people with disabilities, campaigning against the tragic effects of the size zero culture, and fighting inequality in the representation of real men and women.
Angel Sinclair, the founder of Models of Diversity and Sinclair Model Management, is a former model herself; she started the campaign after appearing on Gok’s Miss Naked Beauty in 2008. Angel was struck by the great variety of beautiful women participating in the event and how that contrasted with the narrow range we see in the fashion industry. It was at that point she decided to promote the use of models that reflects diversity in society, in terms of race, shape, age and ability.
It’s a big year for Models of Diversity, and already we’ve hit the headlines with two of our disabled models, Jack Eyers and Elesha Turner walking in shows at New York Fashion Week. Jack even went on to walk in Milan Fashion Week too! We’ve also just announced that we are organising a fashion show with The UN in America for May.
Models of Diversity are delighted to organise and stage three catwalk shows at The Ideal Home Show, Olympia, London. The three shows with take place on the 1st of April (12:30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm).
'Beautiful from Within' Shows
The first two shows 'Beautiful from Within' a concept produced by Barbra Sharon, inspirational singer and tells the story of discovering your beauty, from how we are in society hiding behind masks to showing us that beauty comes from within and that loving and believing in oneself is what will lead to fulfilment and living a life you love and will feature clothes from leading international brands Debenhams and Sainsbury's, empowering, bold and forward thinking online fashion brand Missguided, Anna Scholz whose great designs for curvy women work with their curves, empowering women, having them feel attractive, featuring designs from Kathy Woods, a US designer for Little People. Kathy is passionate about providing beautiful and high quality ready-to-wear that is affordable, of exquisite taste and perfectly proportioned. The collection embodies modern concepts for the empowered woman. Exclusive showing of brand new Sportswear collection from celebrity trainer, author and national press columnist Christianne Wolff, to be launched on QVC in the near future. Accessories from Wentworth Jewels, offering handcrafted bespoke jewellery of the highest standard, sourcing gemstones from all over the world, Colin Leslie Eyewear, affordable, bamboo ethical eyewear range, uniquely fuses vintage designs with bamboo frames and recycled acetate. The range has become a firm favourite with both public and celebrities alike. Evening gowns by April Banbury Designs is a bespoke boutique capturing a unique essence through style and sophistication. Each couture garment is delicately hand made at the highest of standards and they embody a chic style with a playful vintage edge.
Actress Nicola Duffet (Star of film Made in Dagenham, Eastenders and Holby City) will be walking in the first two shows in a Debenhams outfit to promote Breast Cancer that is only available online, a real exclusive.
Jack Eyers, MoD Ambassador for Disabled Models will be walking in the shows and joined by the gorgeous Nicole Gibson transgender model, with her girl.
'New Beauty' Show
The last show (4:40pm) 'New Beauty' will be dedicated to new designers. Again focusing on beauty from within. Will comprise a Diversity show as well as designs from the established and the newcomers. Show will feature Treedolls, the latest up-and-coming clothing label, inspired by the beautiful diversity of powerful London women. They provide stylish solutions to those seeking trendsetting designs. Their design philosophy was simple; empower women through affordable fashion that doesn’t compromise on style or comfort. Respecting their roots by supporting local trade, Treedolls oversee the entire process, from choosing high quality fabrics at local wholesalers to manufacturing locally. Emilija A Platakyte’s ‘I Love Four Seasons’ designs, beautifully feminine gowns for women that accentuate their shape and beauty. Menswear by Maurice Whittingham born in Birmingham a self taught designer with a love and passion for tailoring with a distinctive feel and edge. The recent winner of Rule the Runway UK Fashion Show Menswear 2015 believes style and fashion are a great expression of individuality and personality. And Julien Trivedi, a bespoke couture menswear range that is more than just a brand - it is a lifestyle, elegant, sophisticated, an ultimate sartorial investment.
Models Of Diversity in other Ideal Home Shows
We have two models appearing in the Katie Piper shows on the 20th and 21st March and 3rd April. The theme of the show is CONFIDENCE. The models walking all have insecurities. The insecurity is different to what people will think it is, e.g. Katie has visible scars on her face so the audience will think she is insecure about these but her insecurity is actually her legs, she wishes they were longer. One of the models is in a wheelchair but her insecurity is her fuller figure, the other has alopecia but again her insecurity is her weight.
All the shows will have MoD’s usual flair and excitement, showing the London that diversity makes the world a richer, more exciting place to live in!