Friday, 20 February 2015

Amputee Models At NewYork Fashion Week...

Hunky Jack Eyers, who had a leg removed aged just 16, wows crowds as he struts down the catwalk in the Big Apple

Smooth, strong and shredded, Jack Eyers has the kind of toned torso which makes him blend in among a catwalk of male models.

But as he strutted semi-naked before audiences at New York Fashion Week this week there was something which made him stand out - and it wasn't just the silver swirls painted on his buff body.

Jack, 25, is the first male amputee to model at the Big Apple’s elite fashion showcase, an honor he enjoyed thanks to Lady Gaga’s favorite designer, Antonio Urzu, hand-picking him to appear.

''It all feels so surreal," he told the Daily Mail. "I can’t believe this is actually happening. To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing - it feels like such a big deal.

“It’s pretty overwhelming, 'I just want to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back.

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“I always said if I was going to do something like this, I want to do it big. I want people to see me, and to realize that there needs to be more disabled models walking the runway.”
Behind the scenes at the FTL Moda show

Jack, from Bournemouth in Dorset, had his leg amputated when he was 16 years old after the limb had been withered by a condition called Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency.

The fitness trainer became so fed up of travelling to hospital he actually opted to have the radical procedure and saw having a new, prosthetic limb as he start of a new chapter in his life.

“Growing up with the deformed leg was really hard - I had no muscle structure or knee joint and I walked with a really pronounced limp,” he said. “At primary school I was really into sports but it was hard to join in, and I would get bullied.

“I remember at the age of around seven saying I wanted to have it amputated but I needed to wait until it stopped growing - it felt like this devil attached to me. When I finally got it removed it felt like I’d been reborn.”

After becoming a fitness fanatic and winning Men’s Health Magazine’s Man of the Year, he signed up to Models of Diversity, a company that campaigns for greater diversity in the modelling industry.

Model on catwalk at the FLT Moda show

“Once I’d had my leg amputated I started to gain confidence and went to the gym,' he says. “I initially wanted to join the fire service, but I soon realised that it just wouldn’t be possible as an amputee - so I looked at what else I could do and discovered personal training.

“I’d really got into the gym and fitness, and then I remember seeing an article about Models of Diversity in a magazine. I went along to a photo shoot with them and everything has just snowballed from there.”

Model on catwalk at the FTL Moda show

Being selected by Urzi, whose a-list fans also include Britney Spears and Beyonce, is the pinnacle of a career which has already seen him appear in a string of adverts and photoshoots.

But the biggest thrill for Jack was joining other disabled people in the FTL Moda show, staged in conjunction with Models of Diversity, was the positive image he promotes.

“It’s such a massive step for me and the modelling industry,” he said.

Disabled poet deals with frustration of cerebral palsy by writing book - using just his NOSE!!!

A man with cerebral palsy has taken to writing poetry to deal with the frustrations of his disability - despite having to write it using just his nose.
Richard Hopley is celebrating seeing his first book published and stocked in Waterstones after spending more than a year writing it.

The 41-year-old says he became interested in poetry in his late teens, when the reality of his disability began to hit.
“I was noticing other young lads, holding hands with their girlfriends, which tormented and frustrated me inside," he says.

“At the time I had no outlet to channel my anger when, one day, I was doing some writing on my computer and suddenly this poem started to take shape and form and I have enjoyed doing it ever since.”

Richard has never let growing up with a disability stop him making the most of his life: “I have always tried to look on the positive side.
“I concentrate on what I can do and try not to dwell on what I can’t do. I normally manage to find a way to do most things though!”

Those ‘most things’ include trips to Amsterdam and Glastonbury and even a turn in a racing car, reports the LIverpool Echo.
But poetry has become his lifeline.
Liverpool EchoRichard HopleyTalent: Richard Hopley has described poetry as his lifeline
“Given my difficulties in communicating due to having no speech, I find my poetry is like a gateway to expressing myself, which I touched on with my frustration,” says Richard, 41.
“However, it also gives me a lot of pleasure and satisfaction.
“Today my poetry is so much better and positive.”
And he adds: “I love the challenge poetry presents to me. Each poem is like a snapshot of thought and expression.
“How I write a poem without making any notes beforehand is an amazing gift to me, I don’t know how it happens really.
"I suddenly get an idea in my mind and the words come as I am typing. I love this way of working, it’s spontaneous and exciting.
“And I love sharing my poetry with other people and seeing the reaction to each one.”


Of course, while the words may come more easily, the practicalities are not.
Richard writes his poems on an iPad, using his nose instead of his fingers to activate the letters.
“I used to use a big cumbersome computer and I was forever stretching, trying to operate a special mouse and standard keyboard.
"This always hurt my back so a few years ago I decided to buy an iPad and it has speeded everything up.

“I still have to type with my nose but it’s nowhere near as tiring.”
The subject matter can vary.
WaterstonesPublished: Richard's book will be on sale at Waterstones
“Living by the River Mersey at the Albert Dock, has influenced by life and my poetry tremendously.
“I can look out if my window onto the river and, to me, water tells stories in its movement.

"My favourite poem I have ever written is River Book, where the waves are like pages of a book that you can actually read, placing new thoughts in your mind.

“I wonder as I look on the surface, my mind dives in, revealing untold stories.”

But he goes on: “There are many different topics in my poetry. I write about technology quite a bit as it’s a major help in my life.

"A Bit Of The Apple illustrates this through celebrating the iPad and how it has totally changed my life.
"For instance, I can do everything by just touching lightly with my nose.”
Richard has put together a collection of his poems in his first book, River Book, available at Waterstones at £5.

Richard Hopley

He says: “I am incredibly pleased with my book, it is fantastic to know that other people get a chance to share my thoughts and hear my voice.”

And he adds: “I have plans to write another poetry book in a year or two. I want to write a thicker, proper mainstream book that will hopefully put me on the map as a known poet.

Richard Hopley

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I go to high school and love it! Well, except for all the work. Anyway, here's the deal. Have you ever had anyone judge you just because of the way you look? Or even worse, had someone label you because of what something someone else has done? As a Muslim girl, I've had many incidents like that. I'm sure many of you have also met with someone who didn't like you because of your race, skin color, etc. Once, at my school cafeteria, a boy who was serving lunch looked at me and called me "Saddam Hussein." I've never met him! Another time we had to share our family tree with the class, a boy raised his hand and asked me, "Are you related to Osama bin Laden?" My teacher took my back, but I still felt so helpless. We all have so many problems, but there's one I want to talk about because I think many of us are feeling the same way.

We're growing up in a little bit of a scary generation. There are wars, violence, and an increasing amount of fear in the hearts of many people. But along with all this comes a much more nerve-wracking thing: Stereotypes. Stereotypes are rumors that people make up based on opinions. An example of a stereotype would be that in the times of slavery, every Southerner wanted slavery. That's not true. Some Southerners even helped slaves to escape! I want to talk about a stereotype that I have in mind.

Right now, there isn't much love for Muslims in the world. Why? You may have heard that Islam is a violent religion and that the women in Islam aren't treated well. What you heard was a stereotype. Now, I'm not an Islamic scholar or anything, I'm still pretty young, so I have more to learn. But I have a lot of knowledge about my religion and I can tell you for a fact that Islam is not a violent religion, neither is Christianity, neither is Buddhism, neither is Judaism, etc. Stereotypes hurt a lot of people.
 Haven't you ever been called a name because of people's negative opinions? I've been called a terrorist, and people have made horrid remarks to me because I'm Muslim. I've never hurt anyone, and I never will! Every religion has its share of fanatics. 
They're crazy about religion the same way most girls are crazy about Zac Efron. But these fanatics take things to the extreme and make their own rules while bending others. We shouldn't have to suffer for others' actions! Why do we allow ourselves to suffer?! Only we, the upcoming generation, can stop this violence and pain. I welcome anyone's opinions and questions! I'd be more than happy to answer your questions! But treat me with the same respect that you would want to be treated with because although I don't know any of you, I respect you for reading this letter of mine. Remember: I'm just one voice in the crowd, YOU can help fight stereotypes and prejudice too! I welcome you to share you experiences! I'll post up another letter next week - it will address the ten most known misconceptions about Islam. Thank you sooo much! Take care! Bye!

Yours Truly,
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