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Kimberley EN Vogue

Our stunning teen model Kimberley has hit the big time and is in #vogue

Kimberley worked with photographer #SophieMayanne on a brave and brilliant shoot for #fantagirl she talks about what it is like to have #albinism and her aspirations in life.


Hello everyone, I'm Kimberly, I'm 15 and at the moment I’m studying hard for my GCSE exams, I really want to achieve a good set of grades to allow me to then move on to take my A levels. My dream is to go to university and ultimately become a journalist and prove that people with disabilities can be successful,in life. I would love to become an ambassador for the positive promotion of and raising of awareness of albinism through my modelling.

I love music of all genres and have an active social life being involved with many special needs/visual impairment groups. The activities we partake in for example are wall Climbing, ice skating, theatre trips, theme parks. Everything is risk assessed for us due to our disabilities but prove that disabled people can enjoy regular activities

In the past I had an internal conflict with myself and my albinism. Despite my mum’s best attempts to educate me and bring me up as a black child I rejected this and identified myself as white. I struggled with role models as I was idolising white pop stars etc causing me to dislike my body shape and cause confusion over my identity. Over time, I have learnt to embrace my albinism and the uniqueness it gives me. I now accept I am a black young woman who has a lack of pigmentation that causes me to appear white! Over the past few years my mindset has changed in as much as I am proud of my albinism and feel that it is influencing my life in a positive way.

I think it is hard to be a teenager in this day and age. The Internet, social media and mobile phones make everyone accessible a lot of the time. Lives are exposed and are vulnerable to disheartening comments or criticism. There is a pressure to conform and stay relevant and post amazing photos of yourself. I would like to see more praise and encouragement particularly in my age range and more acceptance that beauty comes in many forms.

A question for the mother: have you ever been afraid that your daughter could be subject to discrimination or bullying? Especially in this historic period, where teenagers use social media also as a means to express wrong messages.

As a parent you are always concerned about bullying and discrimination against your child. Add into that mix the child being adopted and having a disability that causes them to look different and stand out the anxieties are magnified greatly. Each school move, new club or activity, her becoming a white cane user has caused me to worry whether she will be accepted or ridiculed by new people who don’t know her background or may not be as educated in albinism as others. I have to say that predominantly my fears have been unfounded and bar a few double takes of a head or the odd stare Kimberley has always been well received and treated as a person with feelings.

The use of social media has always been a concern of mine for Kimberley and young girls as a whole and when opening an Instagram account for her modelling photos I was worried that I was putting her out there for ridicule and trolling. This has not been the case. Kimberley has received amazingly positive and supportive responses to her photos which has impacted fantastically on Kimberley’s confidence and self esteem.


Check out the full article in #Vogue.it


www.vogue.it/fotografia/article/fantagirl-i-am-the-woman-i-am-interview-with-kimberly


FANTAGIRL

#Fantagirl it’s a project devised by brand “#Fantabody" founded by #CarolinaAmoretti in 2015 with the aim of setting nine synergies and interactions among women starting from their native land – Milan.

The photographic project was shot in collaboration with Giustina Guerrieri, a young artist working for the label who had always an interest in voicing real stories whilst exploring the boundaries of femininity.

An ode to the female body, regardless of its shape and skin colour. A research that promotes embracing diversity as a starting point for addressing topics such as #disability, immigration and sex work, which are approached with an inclusive, curious and prejudice-free attitude.

Portrayed in her seductive uniqueness, every photographed subject has the opportunity to tell her story and reveal her nature with pride.

An all-female collaboration where the protagonists are photographed by the brand’s selected photographers and interviewed in the form of an intimate exchange of anecdotes and experiences.

Among the themes that are explored by the project is the desire to challenge the idea that seems to dictate that a woman affected by an illness or disability shall lose that healthy female vanity that is in every woman.

However, the project also seeks to focus on the choices of those women who use their body as a work instrument in order to understand how the relation with their intimacy changes. What makes Muslim women feel beautiful? And what is the relationship with their body for Oriental women? The desire to explore the culture, habits and traditions of countries outside the western influence will take the project on a worldwide research.

This is also one of the reasons why “I AM THE WOMAN I AM” sees the involvement of photographers from different nationalities and ethnic group so that they can fully express their artistic sensitivity on the basis of their cultural and social identity.


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