I have done bits of modelling for the charity over the past couple of years, which I have loved doing and more recently decided it would be something I would like to pursue. I had no idea how I would be received by the fashion industry, so when River Island asked me to model for them I was super shocked. I have always loved River Island since I was about 10 years old so for me they were the perfect company to approach me!
For big establishment's like River Island it is a quick turnaround, so a week later I was on the train down to London for my first proper shoot! I had looked up modelling tips on YouTube but apart from that it was all new to me. I arrived to a huge set with lots of different people doing all sorts of different jobs. The other models were full time professional models who had previously done London fashion week so I felt quiet out of my depth! Having my hair and makeup done was a real treat and the makeup artists were amazing! The makeup artist had done all the celebs make up from Lily James to Cindy Crawford and now they were touching my face, I couldn't believe it!! Also the lady who did my nails also regularly did Kylie and Kendal Jenner's nails… which I couldn't get over!
So they dressed me head to toe in River Island clothes and took me over to the set. I couldn't see how I looked as the camera was flashing so I just had to keep moving into different poses and I just hoped for the best! I didn't know what to expect but I was so happy with how the photos came out. When the beret photo was released on Instagram I was shocked with all the positive feedback. It was all a bit surreal!
The couple of photos of me outside were done on my second shoot. This was one of the hottest days of the summer so you can probably imagine how hot I was in that puffer coat! I loved that shoot!
My third and final shoot was a Christmas shoot done in early October. It was nice to get all festive for the day… fingers crossed they will use my photos from that day too.
I'd love to do more modelling as I like to mix up what I do… but we will just have to wait and see if they want me again as it is a very competitive industry.
However, I love how River Island are becoming more diverse and I definitely think it's time for the fashion world to genuinely embrace disability and make the world a more accepting place. :)