For most of us out there, the deepest we'll entrench ourselves in the Fashion Weeks of the world is a quick squiz at the Mail Online to see who's wreaking scandal in the latest Burberry. We're far too busy paying the bills, washing our smalls, administering Calpol and watching Sport Relief's Bake Off.
There are many, many other ways that we, the Greater Normal Public (GNP), can adopt and interpret the more wearable trends for Autumn/Winter. And what a delectable choice we have. From the stunning sequins of Preen to the gorgeous gowns of Emilia Wickstead; the drop-dead swoony dresses of Daks to the endless hipsta ensembles of Isa Arfen.
I've grown tired of watching low-budget beauty brands pick and choose when and when not to cater to women of colour, tired of applauding the beauty industry for its progression when it's still making women of colour feel like we are worth less.
Challenging the dominance of the white model, for example, in a country with a history of colonialism is an inevitable part of progress. It is about moving beyond the limitations of the past. High fashion would do well to be a part of this.
The Fashion Industry Is Walking the Green Mile to Its Demise If It Doesn't Listen to the Cries of the People
A wheelchair, a lack of symmetry, a few lumps and bumps, freckles, dark skin, short legs, full arms and frizzy hair, are not bad things. They are part of human beings. They belong to real lives that are being lived everyday, who are being subliminally rejected every single day. It begins with the designers. You have a job to do. You have a platform and a responsibility. You have a power to make anyone in the world feel beautiful at your fingertips, which is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a person. Prove that you have the imagination, will, and basic talent to be able to make something that isn't solely a walking rail, look spectacular.
The fashion and beauty industries inhabit a world where images are necessarily glamorous and above all youthful and where they are not, those images are either digitally altered or used to shock and provoke. But, I would suggest, there is another way.
Being a disabled young woman and model can at times be disheartening. Living a life that is a daily physical struggle is hard-going. Having to think through all the smallest little details before even leave the house is itself exhausting at times.
We continue to believe that industry self-regulation is the way forward. We think this can be achieved by the public applying moral pressure to fashion brands. Social media, in our opinion, is the perfect conduit. After all we have seen how swiftly the 'Are You Beach Body Ready?' protest spread. The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' is another analogy.
Bella sets her camera up on a tripod, making sure to position it in front of a window to get the most light. She checks herself in the camera screen, brushes her hair behind her ears, and takes a deep breath.
2015 was a great year for MoD, seeing many changes within the fashion industry, with the rise of the plus size model hitting headlines thanks to models like curvy model Ashley Graham and her tribe, taking to the catwalks and flaunting there curves with pride.