Photo-call: celebrity line-up 11.45 Friday 23 SEPTEMBER 2016 at Platform 2 Waverley Station
Fashion events run at 12.00 and 2.00pm
COMING up this Friday on the Scottish Fashion scene this autumn: ‘fashionABLE‘ – a new fashion event demonstrating that diversity in life does not mean exclusion from the catwalk and designs.
The first fashionABLE event will be hosting a range of models from all walks of life and showcasing Asian, African and Scottish designers and models supported by Models of Diversity, lead model and founder Angel Sinclair; Tania Pramschufer from LocalMotive Markets and Network Rail.
Model line-up includes TV chef Tony Singh; comedian and TV personality Hardeep Singh Kohli; Stacy Paris from Face of Diversity; Raygan Bold from UpMo and Albert Mkony from Karibu Kilimanjaro.
Celebrity kilts specially hand-made by new-in-town design company, Braw Kilts. Local team UpMo has created a new range of stylish umbrellas, parasols and clothing specially for the event and many more designers involved.
The event will take place on a specially-created ‘accessible’ catwalk designed in ‘3D chalk’ at Platform 2 in Waverley Station in Edinburgh. The staging will have a distinct ‘jungle’ theme with bold colours, lively floral decoration and with sounds of Scottish pipes and African drum music to capture the lively mood.
Global founder of Models of Diversity, Angel Sinclair, who has championed diversity in fashion for many years, will be making a special appearance at the fashionABLE event and is giving her backing with a chance for one person to win and attend a photoshoot in London with a top stylist*.
Founder, Angel Sinclair, said: “It’s important that people with disabilities see themselves represented in fashion. Models of Diversity calls on all High Street fashion brands and retail outlets to employ models with disabilities.”
Running for the very first time in Scotland, this new fashion event is set to show how diverse styles and fashions reflecting the diversity in society in race, shape, age and ability with local, ethnic, ethical and international designs with a distinct catwalk range of Asian, African and Scottish styles.
Tania Pramschufer, director of LocalMotive Markets, said: “This event is all about inclusion and putting people at the heart of fashion making it about them and their identity – not solely the amazing fashions they will be wearing.
“The audience will see for themselves the confidence and energy that these dynamic people demonstrate as they showcase exciting and bold styles with panache.”
Giving her time and support to the fashionABLE event, Face of Diversity at A.C.E and Equal Fashion, Stacy Paris*, said: “Society is a beautiful melting pot of all different types of people, yet media and fashion doesn’t always represent the diversity we see walking down the street.
“What’s fantastic is that there seems to be a movement starting that sees more diversity across the board.
“Whether it’s disabilities, ethnicity, size or body art, these are becoming more celebrated and incorporated into mainstream marketing. This isn’t to say ‘out with the old and in with the new’, not at all!
“Inclusion and diversity is the key here! Seeing everyone represented and rubbishing taboos and the belief that people don’t want to see that is, I believe, such a massive step towards a fairer and more tolerant society on the whole and I am so excited and proud to be part of that, however big or small my role may be!”
Commenting on her involvement, Raygan Bold, UpMo, said: “I’ve got so many words about this event. It’s making me feel really positive about the future and hopefully I will get a career path out of this.”
Young business entrepreneur, Jack Hope, Braw Kilts, added: ““It was a real surprise to be asked to make the kilts for the celebrities Hardeep Singh Kohli and TV chef, Tony Singh, and we are totally delighted to be involved in this new and diverse fashion show.”
Also backing the event, Juliet Donnachie, manager of Waverley Station, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Models of Diversity to Edinburgh Waverley Station.
“The fashionABLE event on 23 September is being organised as part of our Friday Market activities as a new PLATFORM for fashion that promotes inclusivity and diversity.
“We are really looking forward to this positive, inspirational event developed through working with a number of great organisations, including Upward Mobility, an Edinburgh-based mobility support organisation.
Designers will include BRAW Kilts, Covet, Catherine Aitken, Kuma, Rachel Nutini, Selenite, UpMo, Karibu Kilimanjaro, Barakah Designer Collections, Bill Baber knitwear and make-up by Re Make Up – with more exciting designers and models to be announced.
* Check out Stacy on BBC Social this week https://www.facebook.com/bbcthesocial/videos/941219959321761/
* Photo-credit: Image of Stacy Paris credit photographer, Steven Cruikshanks.
*A free prize draw and prizes at the event will be available to enter on the day.
For more event information and photos:
Tania Pramschufer, director LocalMotive Markets
(this is the company organising the event and with a great all-round team)
M: 07914 254 334
Twitter: @LocalMotiveMkts and we hope you can join us on twitter for both events.
For further press information contact:
Fiona Stewart, PR consultant, Interwoven PR
M: +44 (0)7940560453
Notes to editors:
LocalMotive Markets is an Edinburgh-based market company that runs Waverley Market @ Platform 2 every Friday from 11 – 7, the market exists to literally provide a platform within this great and busy mainline station for small independent businesses as well local and social enterprises. To learn more about Waverley Market, visit www.localmotivemarkets.co.uk, or call us at 07914 254 334.
Upward Mobility is a registered charity and support service provider working with adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in Edinburgh and East Lothian. Our goal is to challenge our students to learn, achieve and grow through an individualised program of challenging, creative and positive workshops and experiences.
Braw Kilts was set up this year by Jack Hope. After not being able to find a steady job when he left school, Jack decided to set up his own kilt business in Edinburgh. Jack is very passionate about all things Scottish and set up Braw Kilts to showcase the great quality of the kilt making craft. Braw Kilts takes pride in knowing that all of their kilts are made to the highest standard by a kilt maker who has over 30 years’ experience in making traditional/bespoke hand-sewn kilts and also make and design Tweed kilts using a variety of the finest tartans available with both traditional styling and traditional with a modern twist.
Models of Diversity – Angel Sinclair, founder – Where are the models of colour? The larger models? The shorter models? The models with a disability? The older models?
Models of Diversity is the campaign for more diversity in the models we see every day. We call on the fashion, beauty and marketing industries to recognise the beauty in people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling. Clearly, not just anyone can be a model; a successful model must have a special beauty, confidence, professionalism, ability to take direction, even artistic awareness. But no-one with those talents should be excluded from the industry on arbitrary grounds. And no-one should feel shut out from the modern presentation of beauty.
Angel is a former model herself. She founded the campaign after appearing on Gok’s Miss Naked Beauty in 2008. Angel was struck by the great variety of beautiful women participating in the event and how that contrasted with the narrow range we see in the fashion industry. That’s when she decided, to promote using models that reflect the diversity in society, in race, shape, age and ability.
Biography of Stacy Paris
Stacy Paris has a story that reads somewhat like a movie script! Born in Stirling, Scotland, Stacy grew up with mum, Paula, and younger brother, Graeme. At the age of seven, Stacy was diagnosed with the chronic disease, Type 1 diabetes which saw her in and out of hospital and dealing with multiple daily injections.
Through her high school years, Stacy battled with bullies who publicly embarrassed her for injecting insulin but developed an interest and passion for music and drama and got involved with stage schools in the area.
After high school, Stacy studied music performance in Glasgow; unfortunately, during this time her health suffered again and she became plagued with an eating disorder-related to her diabetes, Diabullemia. After fighting and recovering from this thanks to the support of her amazing mum and brother, Stacy’s life seemed to return to normal for a while; that all changed in 2009 when she contracted the deadly flesh eating bug Necrotizing Fasciitis in her left foot. This led to Stacy being on life support after the infection got into her bloodstream and flooded her lungs but ever the fighter, Stacy pulled through.
Over the next three years, surgeons tried in vain to save Stacy’s foot and leg but to no avail. In 2012. Stacy once again found herself on life support and had her leg amputated below the knee. Surgeons had made Stacy aware that there was every likelihood that it would re-occur in the other leg and, at this point, Stacy took matters into her own hands and decided that if this was the case, she wouldn’t wait as long to have the other leg removed. Six months later, the infection returned. Little did anyone know at the time that as well as the flesh eating Necrotizing Fasciitis, a second infection that destroyed bone, Osteomyelitis, was also present and in 2014 whilst walking down a set of stairs, Stacy’s bone snapped. This led to the amputation of her remaining leg.
Whilst this may seem like the things nightmares are made of, Stacy never let it dampen her fight or spirit. She broke physiotherapy records and learned how to ambulate using her prosthetic limbs incredibly quickly. Stacy used her struggle to motivate her and, seven weeks after her second amputation, walked through the gates of Glasgow University unaided to begin a degree in Molecular Biology and Plant science, which she had become interested in as a result of being in and around hospitals on such a regular basis.
Stacy also became a motivational speaker, inspiring others in her position to fight and not give up.
The hand Stacy has been dealt has also led her to modelling. Having been in press worldwide telling her story, Stacy signed to ACE, Alternative, commercial and equal agency based in Belfast, as the Face of Diversity and is set to be one of its main attractions throughout four shows at Belfast Alternative Fashion Week this year, as well as Style Warriors in Dublin and FashionABLE this year.
She has been working with photographers up and down the UK and in Ireland in a bid to show that disabled does not mean unable and has firmly planted her bionic feet in the movement and call for more diversity across the industry.
Her positive attitude and fight has earned her the name, ‘Icon of Strength’,and is proving that no matter what’s thrown at you, with the right attitude and a bucket full of determination, you can come through it.
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