Angel Sinclair is CEO and founder of Models of Diversity. A modelling agency which campaigns for more equality and diversity when it comes to models in the industry. Having been founded in 2008, they campaign for the promotion of models that reflect true society in the world we live in today. We find out more in this Sit Down article.
Why do you think it’s important to have disabled people in modelling?
The reason why is because 1 in 6 people in the UK alone are disabled and are not represented within the fashion industry. We are calling for fashion brands to utilize models with disabilities to show inclusion. Disability isn’t a choice but discrimination is.
For a six year period I have fought tirelessly for disabled models who wouldn’t necessarily have a voice. I come up against obstacles daily within the fashion industry and am constantly having doors shut in my face. I persevere and don’t give up which has led to great breakthroughs with models such as Jack Eyres walking in fashion weeks around the world.
What are your career and life aims?
My aim is to make the industry embrace all shapes and sizes, all abilities, all colours and that it becomes the norm to see a diverse range of faces across the media and industry alike.
What would you say to anyone wanting to get into modelling yet are scared to because of their disability?
First and foremost would be that they have to have self belief.
The second would be that NO is not an option. No matter how many times they may hear it they have to stick at what they believe in and their end goal.
Face your fears head on, never give up and believe that you can and will make it.
What has been your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement has been watching the three models I have campaigned for walking in London Fashion Week and other fashion weeks worldwide that they have been a part of. We are hoping to see more of the same – diversity and acceptance throughout the industry.