Seeing how many brands have begun making their clothing lines and makeup launches more inclusive makes me believe that there are good days awaiting humankind. Brands have been making it easier for people who have disabilities or limb differences to get dressed and have been featuring models in wheelchairs in their campaigns. However, although this might be just the beginning, there is yet that should be done in regards to inclusivity.
What caught our attention, however, was this wedding shop in England that has been making its rounds around the internet for their use of a mannequin in a wheelchair. People have been applauding the shop for the inclusive window display that features a mannequin in a wheelchair wearing a wedding gown.
Although there is nothing unusual about a woman in a wheelchair wearing a wedding gown – seeing it featured in a window display has really given us hope that more people will follow the inclusive steps of this wedding shop.
Beth Wilson shared an image of the window display on Twitter and captioned it with:
The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window.
The name of the store is The White Collection Bridal Boutique located in Portishead, England.
The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window. pic.twitter.com/N5sco2fLJf
— Beth Wilson (@doodlebeth) January 9, 2019
The shop owner, Laura Allen, spoke to TODAY Style through email, admitting she is pleased with all the attention. She said:
Our thoughts of having one of them in a wheelchair was ‘why not?’ And we didn’t really think too much about it.
She proceeded to say that although the window display is simpler than it was before, it “portrays such a powerful message of inclusion”. She claimed she loves the positive comments and hopes that one-day things like this are just ‘the norm’.
People have since then shared their own pictures of wheelchair-using brides. See below.
Had to share mine. It was my mom’s that she made herself in ’77 and then did a few alterations for me. pic.twitter.com/ZvXWEmbdsB
— Emily Stoker, RDN, LD (@EmilyStoker5) January 10, 2019
You look wonderful!
Have to say, when I got married it was the most difficult and emotional element. So much pressure to be that bride. Bought @jimmychoo shoes to highlight wheelchair users love shoes too! Hopefully I looked ok! pic.twitter.com/PQOZSEfgbH
— Sarah BF Marl (@SarahBFraser) January 9, 2019
Well, let’s hope we will see this level of inclusivity in all of our local shops! Hoping for the best.
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