Beauty is being redefined — this is something on which most of us can agree. The era of the white, thin, Eurocentric model as the only embodiment of glamour is gone. The runways have embraced diversity of skin, shape and age. But for one group they still lag behind: people with disabilities.
In her first column as a British Vogue contributing editor, Sinéad Burke reflects on why she refused to alter herself to appeal to the expectations of others and how she found fulfillment by embracing her differences.
What does power look like now? As we assembled Vogue’s inaugural list of the most influential women working in Britain for the July issue, it became clear that this question is more complicated than ever to answer.
The three-and-a-half-foot activist for inclusion makes a powerful case for why, in the age of internet-powered influence, it no longer makes financial sense for fashion brands to only cater to the bell curve of society.
Some of you may have first come across our other cover star Sinéad Burke, a three-and-a-half- foot activist for disabled people, following her barnstorming talk at Voices 2017 in December.
Sinéad Burke is an unlikely fashion muse. It’s not so much her height – she’s 3ft 5in, or 105.5cm (“don’t forget the point five” she laughs) – because fashion likes the unusual.
The world was not designed with her in mind, says educator and activist Sinéad Burke, who has made it her mission to spread awareness and challenge the system that excludes people with disabilities.
In a world where identity politics is on the rise, the need to foster constructive dialogue on divisive issues and design creative solutions that bridge divides has become urgent. How can we make our communities more inclusive and better equipped to overcome the root causes of today’s social and cultural divisions?
Amid discussions on climate change and populism, the rise of robots and the booming global economy, will be a number of talks, papers and presentations from power players in — fashion.
Sam, Brittany and DeRay discuss the week’s news, and Clint joins for a special spoken word message about who in society is deemed worthy of our empathy. Sinéad Burke joins to talk about disability activism, including her experience as a little person and teacher.