In the media nowadays such a small light is shed on people who live with disability. In particularly, in the fashion and entertainment industry you never see people who are disabled on the cover of a magazine talking about their style. Only now have I been hearing about models with disabilities. Models like Madeline Stewart and now model Rebekah Marine. Rebekah was born without a forearm. When she turned twenty-two she was being fitted for a new prosthesis for her arm and “a friend suggested she model her new “accessory.”
The modelling industry is already highly demanding, being a person with a disability only made it more difficult for her to become a model. She told Mashable that
Agencies often won’t even look at my portfolio. But I’ve come to realize it’s all about finding your niche. I’ve accepted that most clients may not want to work with me based on my disability.
They are so many girls today that are lucky to be healthy and to be living with functioning body parts, yet they struggle with body image.As the beauty obsession grows amongst girls the more critical each and everyone of us get about our bodies. Some girls go to extreme lengths to look a certain way because that is the “look,” that is considered beautiful. I imagine for people living with a disability trying to feel accepted into a world where looking flawless is what is considered beautiful is difficult for them. However, Rebekah is proof that it is possible to feel beautiful even if you aren’t perfect. She refused to let her disability define her. She found beauty in herself and continued to pursue her dreams even when she was rejected. Rebekah has now walked down the runway during fashion week, and has shot with Nordstorm. Her and Madeline Stewart will be strutting the runway this fashion week in the fall FTL Moda Show.
The fashion industry should include more people with disabilities because fashion is all about learning who you are and expressing yourself in the way you want others to see you. A model like Rebekah Marine shows us that living a richer life is possible if you can accept who you are, and learn how to make the most of a bad situation.