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PRIDE MONTH: British Vogue and disabled, queer representation

"Dynamic, daring and disabled."

Printed across this historic issue, disabled activists and icons graced British Vogue's May 2023 covers with the theme of 'Reframing fashion'.

five british vogue magazine covers featuring a range of disabled cover stars

“Nothing Is More Fashionable Than Inclusivity”

- Sinéad Burke, cover star and disability advocate

Amongst the stars featured in this month's issue were Aaron Philip (a disabled, transgender high-fashion model) and Rosie Jones (a disabled, queer comedian), two wins for intersectional representation on a global scale.

Aaron Philips

Aaron Rose Philip is an Antiguan-American who became the first black, transgender and physically disabled model to be signed to a major modelling agency. Her career has not only sky rocketed, modelling for numerous major fashion brands such as Moschino, Nike and Marc Jacobs, but has also become a pioneer in the modelling industry, working with Moschino and becoming the first model using a wheelchair to work the runway for a major luxury fashion brand.

a black transgender woman in a wheelchair with a beehive hairstyle works the runway in a yellow matching skirt suit set and handbag
Aaron Philip's historic runway debut for Moschino

“Fashion is important to me because it’s the ultimate form of conveying self-expression and toying with gender. The possibility of creating opportunities for disabled and gender-nonconforming people in high fashion is what excites me about being in this industry.”

- Aaron Philip

Rosie Jones

Rose Jones is a British comedian and actress with cerebral palsy. She has featured and written for a number of popular British panel shows such as 'Would I Lie to You?', 'The Last Leg' and '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown'. Jones raises awareness of issues relating to the disabled community through her comedy, and is a pioneer both on and off the screen, often being the first disabled comedian to feature on various shows and also ensuring fully accessible venues for the entirety of her tour.

rosie, a white woman with brown hair and a pink dress, and a white man with a blue suit next to her, are both on stage holding microphones and pointing in disbelief
Rosie Jones on stage

"For ages, I didn’t know what it meant to be gay and disabled...I am proud to be a gay, disabled woman but it has taken me a while to get here."

- Rosie Jones


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