On July 1st, Britain's Missing Top Model aired for the first time on BBC Three. It's not an ordinary reality TV show, with many model wannabes competing for a modeling contract. Well, maybe it is, but not quite. Britain's Missing Top Model is a show with 8 young, beautiful, disabled women discovering what it's like to work in the fashion industry and competing for a photo shoot in a top fashion magazine.
I first read about this on BBC News and I was absolutely intrigued by the article. I have heard of a beautiful woman with prosthetic legs model for wedding dresses, but I never really thought of disable women modeling since then. It just never came to my mind.
Don't get me wrong here, I don't have anything against disabled people. They're no worse than an ordinary person and I always feel bad for those that are disabled because of accidents they didn't cause.
But I wonder, do they have the ability to enter the not-so-nice fashion world? I'm not saying that disabled people aren't entitled to a modeling job; my question is: can they really do it? As we all know, modeling isn't just about smiling in front of the camera. Body language, emotion, posture, poses: everything is so crucial when modeling. Can they manage it all? I'm sure they have plenty of talent and the desire to be a model, but I know it'll be a difficult challenge for these women to go up against the current top models if they do stay in fashion.
I'm extremely interested in seeing how much impact this show will make in the industry. Britain's Missing Top Model has the power to make people think more about the disabled, not only in fashion, but also in regular life. I know it made me rethink about the impaired and I hope this show brings positive light towards these kinds of people.