Which woman in herstory inspired you the most?
I have many women that inspire me and for different reasons. Oprah Winfrey because she came from a very poor background and is now one of the richest women in the world. Beyoncé because of her work ethic. Kim Kardashian West for her ability to spot a business opportunity. My grandmother for having the courage to leave Jamaica the island she knew and travel to England on her own to start a new life in an unknown country.
Why did you select this slogan? And what does it mean to you?
I choose this slogan because it speaks to me the most as it’s something I say often and represents the message I send. There is no one in the whole world that is like you physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. We are all unique. Comparing yourself to someone else or trying to look like another person is just a waste of time and energy. Time and energy that is best spent trying to accept and love who you are.
What’s the best thing about being a woman?
The best thing about being a woman is that there are many layers to who we are. We can be and do anything we want. We are fantastic, strong, loving, fearless, sexy, sensual, caring, ambitious, bossy, forgiving, creative, funny, courageous, sassy, tender, adventurous, game changers and much more!
You describe yourself as ‘a woman with a disability, not a disabled woman’ – why is that?
The reason I describe myself as “a woman with a disability, not a disabled woman”, is because I am a woman first and foremost. A ‘disability’ is a condition and the wheelchair is an aid that gets me around from A to B. Just like a car, plane or train gets you from A to B, yet you are neither of those. It’s the same for me. I am not my condition and I am not my wheelchair. There is more to me whether I can stand, walk or not. I have desires, dreams and aspirations just like anyone else
Why is body positivity important to you? And why do you think it’s become so mainstream in recent years?
Body positivity is important to me because it’s about loving the body you have regardless of your ability, size, height, gender or race. It is so important for us all to have a positive internal dialogue with ourselves and representation is integral to that. Self-love is the reason why body positivity has become so mainstream because everyone wants to be represented and feel like they matter.
Do you see your modelling career as a platform for you to challenge social stereotypes and bias?
I definitely see modelling as a way of challenging social stereotypes. It opens up people’s eyes and challenges their way of thinking. Some people have questioned “are you really disabled?”, “how can you sit like that?” and “how can you have on heels?” The truth is there are many different abilities in the differently-abled community, not all wheelchair users are the same. Just like not all ‘abled’ bodied people look like super models. Regardless of their condition, a person with a disability can still be fashionable, trendy, wear makeup and present themselves well.