Fashion has always been based on labels: which are the hottest labels right now, which are worth buying and which are worn by celebrities. But these tags aren’t just sewn into the hem of our brand new suspender skirt. Labels, on a deeper level, are what have also contributed to the consistency of the fashion industry. You see, these visual signifiers or societal the labels determine what the industry considers valuable and, therefore,nti-blackness, fatphobia, transphobia and other prejudices permeates all aspects of the industry. And as the industry moves towards inclusive size and hiring more POCs, ableism is still an issue that needs to be addressed.
Ableism is defined as when able-bodied people are considered “normal” or superior to those with a disability. This manifests in various forms of discrimination, from who is hired for the show, to who can afford and can actually wear the ready-to-wear collection, to whether a physical store is suitable for people. disabled until a digital publisher uses capacitist language. And while you might be thinking it’s fashion, and it’s meant to be fun, I’m not saying we can’t appreciate fashion. But it is naive not to recognize that clothing has always been a visual signifier of the ability or inability to socially assimilate for black, queer, disabled and marginalized people, which has often led to the discrimination, poverty, violence and even death.
And as such, it is essential to advocate for an industry in which all bodies, including those we have labeled as disabled, are worth designing and considered beautiful, including in the countryside. But you can’t just take my word for it. Before, we spoke with six models about their experience in the industry, their visibility and of course their personal style.