Stacy Paris signs to Models of Diversity

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"According to the latest figures, one in six people in Britain has a disability, but where are all the disabled models?”

Thirty year-old Stacy Paris has a valid point…

In 2009 Stacy went on holiday in France, but during her vacation she felt a pain in her foot. When she returned home she was diagnosed with necrotising fasciitis .

The illness spread across her leg, forcing Stacey to have parts of her lower body amputated piece by bit. After a gruelling series of operations surgeons eventually removed her whole leg below the knee…and then the disease started to spread again.

Stacey said: “Eventually, I had to have the whole leg below the knee taken off. When it started in the other leg, I knew I didn't want to wait as long for the amputation.

"I made my peace with the amputations fairly quickly. I just hated being in hospital all the time.

”I never planned for my life to turn out this way, but now that I'm here, I'm ready to be the role model that I couldn't find. I want to be a game-changer.

"I spoke to one mum about her daughter, who had both feet amputated and she said the little girl's face just lit up when she saw my picture. That's why I'm doing this.”

Stacy is now studying molecular biology at Glasgow University, although she has another career path to follow if her educational science path should happen to hit a brick wall.

She has recently signed up to Models of Diversity, a non-profit campaign which is pushing the government to add regulations to the fashion industry to include models with disabilities reflecting diversity in the UK.