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Enhance The UK – Undressing Disability

Last weekend I was so excited to join Jennie and the Enhance The UK team to film their #UndressingDisability campaign in Soho, London. 

Enhance The UK are a forward thinking charity with fantastic ideas and a great support network for people with disabilities all over the UK. When they asked me to get involved I was more than happy to join them! Along with the lovely Emily Rose Yates & Mik Scarlet as their Love Lounge co-hosts.

It was a pretty long morning getting ready to be into Central London for the midday call time, as I was working from home in the West Midlands the night prior. Nevertheless we were up, out and the scouse-brow/token heavy lip were intact, along with a new hat addition to hide my very obvious bad dye-job/bleach blonde fly aways.

When travelling into central Birmingham to grab the train I always drive in and leave my car overnight, I’d rather spend a little extra time in my own car with my own music and no OTT business men making wall street style phone calls in the seat(s) next to me.

I finally got to the station and I was pretty late, but I still had to run in and get a coffee prior to my departure. When I arrived at the platform the ramp guy was literally propping the door open for me with the ramp so I was just in time.

I spent my ENTIRE train journey trying to organise a clients last minute request, eventually resorting to Twitter to DM the holiday provider as the mobile phone reception was SO bad. It was all very entertaining.

It was 29 degrees in London on Saturday and I was wearing a leather skirt, a black polo neck, super thick “suck me in” tights, a black hat and a leather jacket, I looked ridiculous. I got into a cab and made my way over to Platform Post Production Studios in Soho, a very lovely building with absolutely spot on decor.

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Mine and Jaz’s section for the Enhance film was all about relationships, past relationships, my life growing up with Spinal Muscular Atrophy III and our marriage now. It was great to just sit on a sofa with Jaz and chat to Enhance completely openly about our lives. It was also quite eye opening as I think talking to Jennie, answering her questions and giving my piece of “advice” to other disabled people made me realise the internal issues that I actually had/have.

I think with everyone (disabled and non) that confidence is something that plays a big part in our daily lives. It’s something that is lusted after, it’s something that people wish they had more of and it’s something that some people.. have too much of! With me, I like to think that i’m confident in my day to day life, don’t get me wrong, we all have off days. But I think talking to Jennie and the team about growing up, approaching guys, and other peoples perceptions of me it brought to light a few issues i’d never really addressed before.

I realised that I have NEVER approached a guy just for a normal conversation or to say that I find them attractive, I have ALWAYS waited for people to approach me.. and now this sounds SUPER big headed but it wasn’t like that at all, it was simply through fear and warped self perception that I didn’t make that “move”.

I then realised how many missed opportunities, enlightening conversations and possible friendships I may have missed out on due to fear and this actually really saddened me. Almost instantly I felt the need to make this change!… and as if by magic Jennie invited me to join them on their #UndressingDisability photoshoot the following day in Aylesbury.

It was a lingerie shoot and all I had with me (despite my humorously huge suitcase) was mismatched underwear, a few essential make up bits but no brushes, nothing for my hair and just Sunday chill out clothes for the next day. But following the earlier bit of internal advice I decided to go for it. I literally dashed up to an underwear shop on Oxford St and grabbed some new underwear, gave myself an in-hotel make over using cotton wool pads as make shift make up brushes and jumped on the train to Aylesbury.

I arrived absolutely drenched by rain, massive suitcase in hand and ready to take some pictures, I was so nervous as by no means am I “body confident” but I made myself do it…with some words of encouragement from my super supportive husband.

I won’t tell you much about the photos as they aren’t being launched until the end of October, but I am pretty happy with them, their photographer McKenzie was literally magic, she made me feel so confident and I don’t know what she did but she made me look pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

I think what I would take from the weekend and my experience so far with Enhance The UK is that we should ALL be confident and we should ALL take risks and challenge ourselves… and.. I can’t wait for my next challenge 😉

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(Watch this space – Pictures to follow in Oct 2015)

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