My name is Selina and I’m a disability advocate, ambulatory wheelchair user and fashion lover with a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
I believe that there needs to be a more thoughtful representation of disabled bodies of all colours, shapes and sizes in the fashion and wider entertainment industry.
I want to fight for accessibility in the fashion world, both in the physical shops and their online stores. I want us to be able to visit shops and navigate the full store, not just certain areas because displays are too big to get mobility aids past or the lift is out of order for months on end and I want them to be able to try on the clothes before we buy them, not be told sorry the accessible changing room is being used as an additional stock room.
I want us to be able to shop online and see models that represent us, I know I personally struggle to buy new styles of clothing online because not one of the models or influencers advertising the clothes are seated, let alone disabled. I need to know if the clothes will look nice for the 90% of the time I’m sat down in my chair and not be so short I’ll flash everyone while I’m sat in my chair!
That’s why I’m so glad to be working with Models of Diversity as I believe together we can help to change the face of the industry to be a more diverse one.
Hey, I’m Rachel and a single mummy of a darling princess who has been bought along to many Models Of Diversity photoshoots and fashion shows over many many years ..I believe we as parents or anyone involved with children have the power to make a change, to educate them about diversity and our own unique differences and raise a generation of people who will be more accepting of themselves and those around them ♥
Being a part of MOD has changed my whole outlook on beauty, including my own and my confidence in my own individual beauty has grown because of this and I feel it on my heart to help others, regardless of their shape, size or ability to love and celebrate their bodies as they are right now and realise regardless of what the media tries to brainwash us with we are already beautiful without photoshopping our own unique differences.
let’s love ourselves right now...♥
Eternally grateful to Models of Diversity Charity that provide a foundation and plarform for Woman, Men and Children. People who have Dreams to accomplish greatness or highlighting their strength and empowerment. everyone has the chance to be great. To Celebrate and stand United in Making Change in the Fashion, Modelling Media and Beauty Industries.
Showcasing the importance of Disabilities Height, Bodies, Size, Nationalities,Gender,Race and Religion. Models Of Diversity work tiredlessly to make a difference in the industries with the British Fashion Council. Whilst sustaining professional relationships with multiple Iconic and Highstreet fashion Brands. Breaking all records Boundaries for 12 Years.
Being a Black Mature model in her 40’s I don’t feel that there is enough representation at all for people like me. I love what the charity stands for ( in terms of diversity and inclusion) and if I can even make one brand change the way that they look at the older black model or make a women’s like me have more self confidence then I would have made a difference.
Hey my name's Ant and I have been suffering with ulcerative colitis for 11 years. As a invisible illness & disabilities advocate ive long been campaigning for anyone with an invisible illness to be heard in all aspects of the life, especially in the beauty and fashion industry. Models of diversity have helped me to become a model within the industry and I'm so grateful for being part of this charity
I am a Disability advocate and I want to bring more conversations around people with Disabilities to the mainstream media. I have been following MoD’s progress for a couple of years and I believe passionately in their mission statement and work every day to help them fundraise so they can keep going. I also founded Unhidden which is an adaptive fashion brand for people with Disabilities and our core beliefs completely align.
Mini Mangat is a mum of two, she is 44 years old and lives in Warwickshire. Her profession is in Healthcare Patient Engagement and she has a keen interest in politics, she is an activist who campaigns on local and wider issues. Mini is an elected member of Local Government and she serves as a District Councillor at Warwick District Council, she is Chair of Council’s Health & Community Protection Programme Advisory Board. Mini has vast passion and experience in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, she campaigns for Equity and Human Rights and is Chair of Warwick District Council’s Task Group addressing Race Equality.
A proud South Asian curvy woman, Mini is a fashion lover, she likes to explore different styles in plus size clothing. Having searched years, for role models and representation, Mini saw no one that looked remotely like her modelling on the catwalks, on clothing websites or as influencers, in her search she found and joined Models of Diversity.
The charity’s ethos spoke directly to Mini - with her personal values of integrity, courage and the fight for inclusivity and challenging injustice, Mini was delighted to become an Ambassador for the charity, she finally found a space where she could channel her energy of looking for representation, into action to campaign for all people who are marginalised and under-represented in the industry. Mini enjoys working with the team to support fundraising and raising awareness of the charity’s work, she is so proud to be an advocate for the unique Models of Diversity movement that is not only challenging industries and brands to embrace inclusivity, but also supporting people in confidence building and wellness. Mini dreams of a day when diversity & inclusion in the fashion industry is not pioneering headline news but a common occurrence.
Laura Mathias joined us as an ambassador in October 2020
Having worn wigs to hide her hair loss since she was 13, Laura has started celebrating her bald beauty this year. Now, she wants to encourage other people with visible differences or hidden disabilities to speak out about their experiences and learn to love who they are.You'll often find Laura hosting an instalive for us because she loves chatting with new people. In fact, she told us the best part of being an ambassador for MOD is pushing herself and others to get more involved with the casting opportunities through the charity.Who says you can't be a model?!