A fashion show is set to disable the stereotypes of disability this coming November as those affected by both mental and physical disabilities take centre stage on the catwalk.
The I Love Me Project’s (TILMP) inaugural show seeks to shine a light on the issues impacting on disabled people whilst also providing groups and individuals with a unique platform to be celebrated.
Held at The Venue@DMU on 10 November, the show will use the talents of both disabled and non-disabled designers, models and make-up artists to help further promote teamwork and inclusion. The Lord Mayor of Leicester will be opening up the show with an inspiring speech.
Lydia Unsudimi, Founder of TILMP said: “A fashion show is a wonderful way to get a positive message across to young people. We can’t always see disabilities and when we can see them, it does not mean people are limited in what they can do or defined by their disability."
After experiencing low self esteem as a result of bullying in 2012, Unsudimi gained a passion for helping young people overcome these feelings and embark on the journey of self love. This passion for people resulted in the birth of TILMP.
“TILMP stands for the inclusion of all individuals and this show is long overdue. Young people with disabilities need to see and experience the power they possess.”
Launched in January 2015, TILMP helps young people in Leicester develop their self-esteem and grow in confidence, all while learning new skills.
Now the project hopes to inspire people of all backgrounds with its third fashion show, organised with the support of #DMUlocal, De Montfort University’s (DMU) public engagement programme aimed at helping develop community projects across the city.
Debbie Tinsley, Public Engagement Officer at #DMUlocal, said: “TILMP fashion show is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to celebrate the diversity that makes this city great.
“It’s really important that as a community, we dispel the misinformed stereotypes that surround disability and showcasing disabled people as role models is a great way to do that.
“As a university committed to creating an inclusive environment for students, staff and the public, we are only too pleased to support this event.”
The project was rewarded £2,500 by Telefonica UK/O2's flagship youth programme: Think Big. Think Big aims to inspire, support and enable young people from 13-25, such as Unsudimi, with great ideas; so they can have an impact on society while getting the hands on experience and skills they need to thrive in today’s digital world.
Tickets to the event are £5 with all proceeds going towards further supporting TILMP to ensure similar events occur in the future.
For more information visit theilovemeproject.org
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