Berit Torkildsen

Berit Torkildsen


Fashion Without Borders

Postet av Berit Torkildsen den 2. Apr 2014

When I was younger I must admit I wanted to be an actress, but I never pursued it because I felt there were no women (or men) with disabilites in the business. At least none who could be a visible role model. I later found out that the coroner in CSI Las Vegas, played by Robert David Hall, is a double amputee and has advocated for disabled actors within the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, and Actors Equity. A study showed that 19% of Americans are disabled, yet only 0,5% of the words spoken on film and television come from disabled characters!

Being that I am the 'One Legged Viking Queen,' I love that there are people within the fashion industry who feel it is high time to include EVERYONE, not just plus size models, but people of all shapes and sizes, with limbs or without. So when my coworker showed me what our Russian commrades did on Sunday, I was thrilled.

'The initiative, called 'Models without borders' is aimed at increasing awareness of disability in the fashion industry and is part of a four-day fashion event in Moscow that features over 30 designers.'

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In addition here in Norway, Oslo City, one of the city's largest shopping malls, used handicapped people in a 2012 add campaign called 'Ingen Grenser' (No Boundaries).


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