Fashion industry has began breaking stereotypes in and outside particular houses and walks. Featuring transgender models to handicapped pageants, the limelight has decided to corporate ‘real-people’ to their genre. Following portraying transgender models for the leading fashion magazines, in another great move for the first time, a differently-abled woman participated in the Miss World contest and is winning the hearts of many.
The 26 year old Justine Clark made history as she became the first Australian woman in a wheelchair to compete in the Miss World Australia contest on Sunday, 19 February.
With a dream to make the runway an ‘accepting place’ for all women, irrespective of size, colour, race, Justine Clark began inspiring women by her graced catwalk in the state’s finale in Adelaide. The gorgeous beauty, who suffers a “lower leg deformity”, was keen to be involved with the competition due to their “Beauty With a Purpose’ movement – a mission to benefit “the most vulnerable in our society”, the Daily Mail, Australia reported.
I want the catwalk to be a fair and inclusive place for everyone. A wheelchair does not define me or limit me. I can still be strong, feminine and beautifulJustine Clark to Daily Mail
The inspiring model has been wheelchair-bound for two years but she wouldn’t reveal the circumstances that changed her life. “I don’t really want to go into what happened but I want to be a role model and empower young women,” Clark said in an interview to The Advertiser.
“For somebody in a wheelchair to be able to compete is a big thing. I really hope it sends a message that no matter what your race, size or disability — whatever makes you different — you are beautiful,” the news organisation added.
Supporting the participation of Justine Clark, Miss World national director Deborah Miller said her involvement in the pageant showed that “beauty comes in all forms”.
However, the young beauty was not able to make it to the final stage. The competition will raise money for Variety, the children’s charity with the highest South Australia fundraiser and it is believed that it was the high percentage of disadvantaged children in wheelchairs South Australia that truly motivated her interest in the contest.
The vibrant woman wants to continue working with Variety and spread the ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ message.