At this year’s Ideal Home Show at Christmas, which was held at Earls Court, London during 13 – 17th November 2013, glamor and inspiration came from Models of Diversity. For two days of the show they strutted their stuff on the Christmas Catwalk.
Models of Diversity is an inspiring group who, like the name suggests, advocate for more diversity in models.
This description is taken from their website Models of Diversity
“Models of Diversity advocates for more diversity in models, and demands that the fashion and marketing industries recognise the beauty in women of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling. We sponsor modelling workshops for people with disabilities, campaign against the tragic effects of the size zero culture, and fight inequality in the representation of real men and women. We look at catwalk shows, advertising and the glossies and rarely see a true representation of real people.”
The organization was founded by Angel Sinclair, a former model, who started the campaign after appearing on Gok Wan’s Miss Naked Beauty in 2008 where she was struck by the diversity of people taking part, something she had never seen before on the catwalk.
Jostling among the vast array of exhibitors at Earls Court for the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, the catwalk drew in a large crowd, who realized what was happening on the catwalk was not your usual fashion display. It was interesting, diverse, fun and an inspiration.
Among those parading the catwalk were mature model Annabel Davis, model Doubra Okah, who was born with chorea-dyskensia, a condition which impedes her walk, glamor model and former Big Brother contestant, Victoria Eisermann, personal trainer and amputee fitness model Jack Eyers and British Paralympic long jump silver medallist Stef Reid.
Speaking at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, Stef said “This is just my second time doing Models of Diversity, so it was a bit nerve wracking. I’m a little off balance in heels but it was great fun. I love what Angel Sinclair, the director of Models of Diversity is doing. Why should fashion be restricted? I think beauty is not restricted to size zero. Beauty comes with variety. It should be inclusive.”
Another model who got cheers from the crowd was Essex girl, blogger and campaigner for disabled models, Chelsey Jay. She writes in her blog of a dream coming true and it’s an inspiring account of her catwalk experience. Check it out at: Chelsey Jay Blog
Also appearing on the catwalk was Samantha Tomlin, Models of Diversity ambassador.
The gents of the show were a highly entertaining bunch and it was good to see huge swathes of classic Harris Tweed.
The gents were kitted out by Thomas Farthing, a shop tucked around the corner from the British Museum in London. Judging by the shop’s website and Facebook page, it’s an intriguing place and well worth a visit. The business started almost a year ago by business partners Adam Skyner and Thomas Russell. The shop is named after the local lamp lighter who rode around the streets on his penny farthing and the shop with its olde-worlde theatrical air catches the attention of many a tourist. They also have one of the largest ranges of Harris Tweed clothing in London for both men and women. Many of the clothes are designed in-house and made for the Thomas Farthing brand. See more about them here: Thomas Farthing Website Thomas Farthing Facebook Page
Other designers appearing were Eva Jacobs, a demi couture fashion label launched by Lithuanian designer Ieva Jokubaityte, based in London, whose designs displayed a seductive and timeless elegance. See: Eva Jacobs Website
While designer Kitty Ferreira brought a ray of sunny yellow to the catwalk and you can read about it on their website blog: Kitty Ferreira and watch on the videos below.
All the while Angel Sinclair watched closely from the sidelines, jumping up and proudly cheering on her models. And I was curious about the mix of people striking their poses on stage. I was interested in the journeys they have taken and the stories they could tell. Wrapping up a successful show, the seemingly modest Angel Sinclair walked onto the stage and gave a quick wave before disappearing.