Seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy ‘shines’ during model photoshoot in Boden
Model Holly Greenhow’s mother, seven, fought for two years for her daughter to get into modeling, even though Holly has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy and everything from sitting down to talking is a challenge for her.
But now Holly is one of the star models in the new Mini Boden children’s clothing campaign because, a Boden spokesperson said, “she was shining on camera.”
“Few children with disabilities have the same opportunities as other children,” Holly’s mother, Fiona, told ITV News Anglia. “I wanted to show that you don’t have to be perfect to be in a magazine, online, or in photos, so it was my desire to go ahead and do it for Holly.”
Holly’s condition was caused by a loss of oxygen at birth. She uses a wheelchair and communicates using a computer that she uses with her eyes. She loves clothes, which is why her mom wanted her to become a model.
âHolly has so much going against her and, as a mom, I just wanted her to be able to do something any kid would love to do, if given the chance,â Fiona said. MailOnline.
âShe went to a casting in April and shot over the summer holidays with a lot of other kids in a studio in London. Holly really enjoyed it and loved being the center of attention.
Modeling agencies say casting of disabled models is rare. Marks & Spencer used Seb White, a little boy with Down’s syndrome, in their Christmas campaign last year – but many agencies don’t have a single model of a disabled child in their books.
“As a consumer, I completely agree, [but] I’m a businesswoman, âexplains Debi Clark, director of Bizzykidz, an agency that represents 900 children. âAs an agency, we have a duty to deliver what the industry demands. I am not here to take children for whom we cannot find work. It would be morally wrong; it would be misleading and unfair for parents and children.
Holly’s mother hopes the Boden campaign will change that perspective. âI hope this opens people’s eyes,â she said, âto the fact that there are a lot of children who are not perfect.