The society’s perception on persons with disabilities and talent is taking another shape. The now fading believe that persons with disabilities may not be able to showcase their talents because of their condition is taking a turn around.
For instance, in Kenya, persons with disabilities have proven beyond doubt that, they have talents that only needs to be natured. Just mention, the mbona hit maker Denno, is a blind musician whose songs have been popular and even toped Kenya and east Africa musical charts. Kenyans president personal disk jockey [DJ] is a wheelchair user.
In UK a modeling and fashion company, by the name Kurt Geiger has launched a campaign featuring models with disabilities. The campaign named, people empowered will feature 15 activities and disability organization leaders.
Hagans an amputee model is the new ambassador of the company. The 24 year old, was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma – a rare and aggressive form of cancer which forced her leg to be amputated to save her life.
She said in an interview that, she feels happy that she’s one of the cancer survivors and expressed how she feels blessed to live a double life of having both legs and now, one amputated.
Hagans, who now has a modeling contract with Zebedee Management, a specialist talent agency representing individuals with disabilities and alternative appearances, did her first shoot from her home via Face Time.
Hagan who is also an ambassador of CLIC SERGANT CHARITY, which raises awareness for synovial sarcoma, says that, after the amputation, she wanted to help raise awareness. She also admits that she has confidence wearing the prosthetic leg.
Around 15-20 per cent of the UK’s population has a visible or non-visible disability, totaling 14 million people. However, data shows that disabled people make up just 0.01 per cent of those featured in fashion and beauty advertising.