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Awesome New Diesel Ads Feature Model In Wheelchair

Diesel Ad Features Fashion Blogger In Wheelchair

See that gorgeous lady starring in one of the new spring/summer Diesel ads? That’s a New York fashion blogger named Jillian Mercado. She’s been a fixture in the fashion industry for years, graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, working at magazines like Allure, and never letting her muscular dystrophy — or the wheelchair it requires her to use — slow her down. When Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti was casting for the brand’s new campaign, which is focused on community and connection, Mercado’s bold style and attitude was a perfect fit, and the response to her ads has been great. “You don’t have to be a conventional model type to represent a brand,” Formichetti told Women’s Wear Daily. I love that companies are finally, finally starting to get this. [Jezebel]

Watch This: Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities Challenge Fashion Industry’s Definition of “The Perfect Body”

Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities
"It is special to see yourself like this."

The traditional body shape of store mannequins is so restrictive and unchanging that a Swedish store’s decision to display a curvy mannequin was enough to cause an uproar. It’s rare enough for people with “average” bodies to see themselves represented in the fashion industry, but for people with disabilities, the chances of seeing a body that looks like theirs when they walk past a department store window hover somewhere around zero. To increase visibility and confront these exclusionary body standards, an advocacy group called Pro Infirmis hired an artist to create mannequins based on the exact measurements of people with physical disabilities, which were then displayed in a Zurich store window. The results were captured in this beautiful four-minute video. Here’s hoping the fashion industry takes the message to heart, because diversity — in any form — is always a good thing. [Huffington Post]

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

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Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing “the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome,” Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah’s almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit from a doll that looked more like them, so she created Dolls For Downs, a new line of dolls for children with Down syndrome. Keep reading »

Finding Freedom: Artist Explores The Ocean In Underwater Wheelchair

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Breathtaking.

Sue Austin is a performance and installation artist based in the UK. She has been wheelchair-bound since 1996, and dedicated her artistic work to “finding ways to understand and represent my embodied experience as a wheelchair user.” Most recently this goal has led her to team with scientists and diving experts to create a self-propelled underwater wheelchair. Using fins and a propeller, Austin is able to steer the machine with her feet and navigate a beautiful underwater world that was previously off-limits. Seeing her move through the water with ease and grace is both unexpected and powerful. Check out the video to see for yourself. [YouTube via Smithsonian]

Meet Aimee Mullins: Athlete, Model, Actress, Muse, Double Amputee

If you’ve not previously encountered Aimee Mullins, she’s a pretty extraordinary woman. Born without fibulae, she had her legs amputated below the knee as a toddler. She went on to become a track and field star, a model and muse for designer Alexander McQueen, and performed in artist Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster 3″ movie. In a recent interview, she discusses McQueen’s death, how she “uses her birth-given disability to make others see what is possible when they rethink their notions of beauty and opportunity,” and what makes her a lucky girl. [Of the Minute] Keep reading »

One-Legged Stripper Can Work The Pole Better Than You

I don’t watch “Maury,” so I missed this remarkable video when it aired, but if you can work the pole better than Lil’ Mama, aka Amber, who likely has one less leg than you, seeing as she only has one, and you probably have two, I’d like to see it. According to the accompanying story, Amber was on the show to meet up with an old flame, her high school sweetheart, and she wanted to show him how she could work it, work it as a dancer. I don’t know how that romantic reunion panned out, but TV Squad reports, “she didn’t let her prosthetic leg get in the way of her hot body action.” You go, girl! [TV Squad] Keep reading »

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