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Disabled girl who can't walk or talk is taking the modelling world by storm

March 12, 2015 3 min read

Holly Greenhow, aged nine, has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, which severely affects her movement, balance and speech, but amazingly she has now taken part in two modelling campaigns.

The pretty school girl, whose condition was caused by a prolonged loss of oxygen at birth, was picked to star in the latest modelling shoot for F&F children's clothes at Tesco.

Holly Greenhow, nine, from Hemingford Grey in Cambridgeshire, has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, which means she can't walk or talk. But the primary school pupil is taking the modelling world by storm and has posed for both Boden and Tesco. Pictured: Holly in the new Tesco ad campaign 

Holly, who uses a wheelchair and communicates using a special computer system operated by her eyes, shone at the shoot and now features on the fashion pages of the Tesco website.

She has previously done a photo shoot for fashion retailer Boden and her mother Fiona hopes her growing success will help to change attitudes to disability.

Fiona said: 'Holly really enjoyed the modelling shoot for F&F. She had her hair and make-up done and was given lots of attention. There are so many activities she can't take part in because of her disabilities, such as dancing, so this was a real treat for her.'

Holly with her mother Fiona 
Holly poses with two fellow models in an ad campaign for Boden

Holly poses with two fellow models in an ad campaign for Boden.

The Boden campaign was the first of Holly's modelling jobs

The Boden campaign was the first of Holly's modelling jobs.

Holly also had eye surgery last year to correct a squint, which means she now finds it easier to use an eye gaze computer system that helps her communicate in a similar way to Professor Stephen Hawking.

Holly has always enjoyed choosing her own clothes, so her mom thought she might like to try modelling and she did her first shoot for Boden in 2013.

She enjoyed it so much that her mom took her for further castings and she was picked for the Tesco campaign last autumn.

Holly (left) modelling the new range of F&F clothes for Tesco

Holly (left) modelling the new range of F&F clothes for Tesco.

Lucy Wheeler, head of multi-channel content at Tesco, said: 'We were delighted to offer Holly the chance to appear on the F&F website.

Holly uses an eye gaze computer system that helps her communicate in a similar way to Professor Stephen Hawking

'Holly's ongoing success shows that there is real appetite for diversity. 'It also sends out a very positive message for other children with disabilities.'

'We've also seen disabled models taking centre stage at New York Fashion Week - including Jack Eyers, who fronted our Strip for Scope campaign last year.

'There have been some positive recent breakthroughs, but there is still a long way to go.

'We want to get to a point where the media and marketing worlds better reflect the diverse society we live in.'

I agree with many of the quotes above as well - that this sends out a positive message for other kids with disabilities. Shouldn't advertising reflect the varied world we live in? Or should we always be looking at unrealistic and photo-shopped images? Being a mom I love the doors that this opens for children in general.

I'm curious, do you think ads and campaigns such as this do better for sales, or do the altered photos of  people do better for sales? Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2970422/Disabled-girl-t-walk-talk-taking-modelling-world-storm-snapped-Tesco-new-advert.html#ixzz3SwvXHncD Feel free to follow me on my Facebook page or check out more from me on my blog at www.zuzanaorbodyrockaddict.blogspot.com

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