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The model talks about the tulle and Perspex dress she helped design for a Cannes premiere, and how the red carpet can be surprisingly intimidating

For the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Cannes film festival this year, I designed my own dress from scratch with the designer Rami Kadi. We had three months to put it together it was such an incredible experience. The dress was made from tulle with Perspex shards, so it looked like a mirrored body piece, with a massive matching train. I got to decide the shape and the colour I felt as if I had total control of the final look, which was really important to me. As a model, its not something I often experience, so I felt really grateful.

Putting on the dress was a true struggle; it took about 30 minutes. We didnt account for the body piece being so heavy and, because it was covered in the Perspex shards, it was quite painful to do it up. Once the dress was on, I couldnt go to the toilet and I had to do my hair and makeup wearing it, but it was so much fun. Rami had to take the dress back after I had worn it because I couldnt travel with it and there is no space for even a bra in my room where I live, let alone a ballgown. But once I get my new house, I am definitely requesting it back.

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On April, 19 Zebedee Models from ages 2 to 54 took part in this stunning body confidence shoot with photographer Elise Dumontet. All the Zebedee models have either been born with a limb difference or had an amputation, the images are a celebration of their self-love and their body acceptance.

Whether their difference is acquired (through cancer, meningitis, accident, diabetes, ex-veterans) or congenital, they really don’t want to fall on their feet anymore, they simply want to be able to stand tall, with and/or without prosthetics.

We all know positive representation matters, be it in the arts, in fashion or in the media. And yet, these guys can probably count on their fingers how many times they’ve seen themselves being represented. Should the shoe ever be on the other foot, how would that make you feel?

Important facts: Did you know that there are about 30M amputees in the world, over 100,000 in the UK alone, with 5,000 amputations performed in the UK every year!

Photographer: Elise Dumontet | Assistant: Brian Whar | Makeup: Neusa Neves, Charlie Duffy | Hair: Andrew Gregory | Video: Rob Eden | Women’s underwear: Figlaves | Director: Zoe Proctor.

L to R: Monty, Ashley, Daniel, Marleen, Mollie, Grace

L to R: Chantelle, Jamie, Mark, Dan, Nancy, Andrew


It’s so important to raise awareness about limb differences as amputees are often misrepresented within the media. The world is generally focused on creating the ‘perfect image’ while others try desperately to fit into that category. While others fight for that, I strive to be individual – to be myself. By raising awareness about limb loss and limb differences, it allows others to really embrace difference and find beauty within it.

Difference is beautiful and our differences allow us to educate and empower others who may also be experiencing a difference. As an individual with a limb difference, I’m often stared at and questioned with members of the public. I am very used to experiencing this but I hope with more exposure, people wouldn’t feel the need to question me, question my story and stare. After spending 14 years in a wheelchair, I actively sought an amputation to allow me to walk (and run). I chose to have a limb difference – I chose to allow myself to be different in order to improve my life chances.

I am different, I am handsome and I have a limb difference.


Chantelle is interested in the creative and performing arts, specializing in acting, dancing, and music. A keen sportswoman, she enjoys swimming, tennis, and netball.

Chantelle has a through the knee amputation and has a full left leg prosthesis.


Losing my arm and shoulder has been unequivocally the best thing that’s happened to me!

It’s important to raise awareness to limb differences as it’s only once you lose the use of a limb through, in my case, traumatic amputation, that you realize the importance and significance of just how much you rely on even a finger or a thumb!

I have never really faced any direct negative issues, however it does get frustrating when I get on the tube and when people who are sat in the disabled seats look at me realize they’re sat where they are but then carry on with what their doing, it doesn’t bother me really because clearly, they need the seat more than me! Ignorance is bliss! Unless they’re pregnant, elderly or even have a disability themselves I always offer my seat because manner cost nothing!


I wasn’t born with one leg. I became an amputee aged 30 following an accident. Some people thought if I had children they would be amputees too, but my difference isn’t due to a genetic condition. Becoming an amputee was extremely hard at first back in the 1990s because different meant ‘outsider’, ‘not normal’, ‘weirdo’.

People stared at me with shocked judgemental expressions and would wonder how I could possibly get on with life, let alone have children. Raising awareness and increasing representation is so important to challenge misconceptions. We never know what life is going to throw at us. Life-changing injuries are exactly that but it doesn’t mean that your life is over. Help is out there for physical support but the rest is up to you. Life in the 21st century is better for people with differences. I want to show society that I have a positive outlook and self-determination to be happy. I have two healthy children with two legs each and feel no less a person with only one leg.

I’ve gained more in confidence and inner strength having lost my leg than I ever did with two legs.

Nancy has had lots of work through Zebedee as well as being a cover girl for Grazia Uk.


I embrace my prosthetic, I wear it with the same pride as a gorgeous pair of shoes.

I never cover it.

I get annoyed if people don’t notice it. It tells a story about my life, please, feel free to ask me about it.

I understand my level of visibility isn’t for every amputee, each has their own story, their own way of dealing with it, but attitudes have changed and it’s ok to put it on show.

It’s beautiful.

Andrew is a trained hairdresser and did all the hair on the shoot day.


I was born with a limb difference where my arm ends very shortly below my right elbow. I grew up on a farm in a small town in Central Florida, along with my twin sister we grew up riding horses and competing. I struggled a lot with bullies in school, insecurity about having one arm and the thought that I was the only one in the world who was born with a limb difference.

Back then we didn’t have access to the internet and no one on tv, radio, clothing ads looked like me so I thought I was alone. I used to wear long sleeve shirts and jackets so I could tuck my sleeve into my pockets so that way no one noticed (even though I lived in Florida where it was very very hot all year round). But even then I suffered from people calling me a one-armed freak, not playing with me on the playground, and even a guy telling me that he would date me if I had another arm. It was really hard trying to fit in but it’s even harder when you’re physically different. That’s why to me it’s so important to have limb difference awareness month and representation in the media!

I didn’t like the way that I felt as a kid and I don’t want any other child growing up with the same thoughts in their head as I had. It’s important to be yourself and to be different and stand out! Even though I still face issues today regarding my limb difference, I hope to pave the way for the next generation.

Ashley recent modeled for #PaperMagazine


Daniel has some high profile experience under his belt, having worked with the BBC, Guinness Book of Records, and SquareEnix previously. His interests are graphic novels, narrative-driven videogames, SciFi movies, doing accents and funny voices, and 3D design and printing.

Daniel was born without a right hand, due to a condition called amelia.


Monty likes snowboarding, cycling, swimming, running, and shooting. On the creative side of things, he plays clarinet, piano, guitar, and is also a DJ.

Monty is a left leg below knee amputee, from Fibrous Dysplasia.


Mark is an ex-serviceman who enjoys extreme sports. He is an active dinghy/yacht sailor and also partakes wing walking and parachuting. Elsewhere, Mark is an antique dealer, so Lovejoy had better watch his back.

Mark is a double below-knee amputee and uses prosthetics.


Mollie enjoys a range of sports and activities, such as netball, gymnastics, free running, ballet, tap dancing, and trampolining. Mollie has a hand difference.


I am 26 years old and was diagnosed with bone cancer located in my right femur in July 2016, 2 months after my son was born. After 2 cycles of chemotherapy, Doctors saw that the treatment was not proving as effective as hoped for. In November that year, I had to make the decision to have my leg amputated to decrease the chances of it coming back. I use a prosthesis since April 2017.


Not afraid of a challenge Marleen is always looking for a new adventure.

She is from the Netherlands but has been living in Madrid for over 12 years. She is a proud mom of two boys and loves to travel. When she was 13 she contracted bacterial meningitis. She almost lost her life and was in the hospital for 8 months. She had over 30 surgeries, 3 months in intensive care, 5 liters new blood, uncountable scars and loads of doctors and specialists. In 2016 after many attempts to improve the pain in her left foot, she decided to amputate her lower left leg. It was a really difficult decision to make but has gotten her really good results.

The first year was really tough, but after a year the pain was mostly gone and she started snowboarding. She recently also started running and she loves to dance as well. It has been a long journey to get where she is now, but she feels she is also just beginning. In the winter she loves to snowboard and to improve her skills in the mountains. She has recently started modeling and acting. Instead of being ashamed of her scars and leg she is now using it to show it off. She feels it is important to be an example to other people who somehow feel different. She wants everyone to know that it is ok to be different.

Marleen can be seen in the #MercedesBenz commercial ‘In the long run’.

L to R: Kelsey, Kiryn, Daisy, Neisha


My limb difference makes me unique, why fit in when you can stand out!


Kiryn was born with an atypical cleft hand on the left. So she likes to challenge herself doing things normally requiring both hands.


Daisy-May is a double amputee who came back fighting from a wheelchair to cartwheeling down the catwalk. She inspires many people around the world on her Instagram page doing gymnastics and circus training showing people what’s possible with hard work and a smile.

She’s been modeling for just over a year with Zebedee management working for big high street stores and will be walking on New York fashion week in September.


We found out at my 20-week scan that Neisha was missing her lower right leg. Just as we were coming to terms with the news, a week and a half later, my waters broke and I was taken into hospital for an ‘imminent miscarriage’. Thankfully, despite a couple of delayed labors, Neisha hung on until 27 weeks gestation and was born weighing 2lb 1oz.

At one point her weight dropped to 1lb 15oz. She struggled to breathe on her own and was ventilated for a few weeks. When medical staff tried to step down her breathing support Neisha struggled and we were told we were getting to the point where nothing else could be done. Infection after infection, veins that collapsed due to so many cannulas, slow weight gain and endless worry the intensive care journey was a rocky ride but she defied the odds and came home 12 weeks later weighing 6.5 pounds.

At 8 months she received her first prosthetic. She was still so small the foot had to be ordered from America and still filed down to be the right size. She finally walked at 18 months old and has gone from strength to strength. She has struggled, physically and mentally. She has had numerous operations to revise her stump as the bone keeps growing and causing pain. She has smiled because she is special and cried because she is different. She is loving, kind and touches the lives of everyone she meets. She never has a bad word to say about anyone, is fiercely loyal and will not hear anyone being called or made to feel upset. She constantly thinks of others and wants to help wherever she can. She is strong and determined, yet humble and gracious.

Last year she started attending Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy. Since then her confidence has grown in leaps and bounds (excuse the pun). She is in seven teams including cheer, pom, stunting, paracheer and dance at national and European level. She and her teammates have done amazingly well this season winning numerous competitions and qualifying for the European Cheerleading Championships in Germany in July.

She is determined to show that having a disability doesn’t have to stop you from achieving your dreams. At every competition someone has approached her to tell her how inspirational she is yet to her she’s just doing the same as everyone else who is there.

Being in front of the camera is new for Neisha but she has approached this as she does everything else, by giving it her all and making us proud. We really can’t wait to see what adventures this little lady has ahead of her.

L to R: George, Oakley, Albie


George lights up every room he walks in to with his beaming smile and undeniable positivity and confidence, proving he is not defined by his disability. He often shows those who doubt his abilities that there is nothing he can’t do. He gets tired more quickly than other children, and sometimes has to find his own way of doing things but that doesn’t stop him putting 100% effort into everything he does.

His prosthetist works hard to make sure George’s prosthetic legs can keep up with the expectations of a very active little boy. We are so grateful the NHS is able to meet the needs of children like George in England, making amputation a good option for children with congenital lower limb abnormalities.


He was born with a limb difference.

Oakley has amazed us since the day he was born, watching him adapt so effortlessly to any task you’d think he might struggle with has been fascinating. He is content, capable and confident boy, who refuses to be held back in life, we are so excited for what his future will hold.


April is Limb Difference Awareness Month and it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to reflect on my journey so far of being a Mummy to my amazing boy.

Albie has symbrachydactyly, this is a non-genetic congenital abnormality and effects his right hand. We found out at my 20-week scan that Albie would be missing his right hand and I will never forget that horrible, sinking feeling I got when we were told. I got so caught up in all the worries about how he would function in life with not having a right hand. I panicked about how people would treat him because of his difference, it was really tough.

And fast forward to now with Albie being nearly 2 and I can strongly say that my fears, my worries, and those tears were all for nothing! My boy is nothing short of incredible, he is thriving, he has met all his milestones and does EVERYTHING that all the other children can do! He’s so clever and innovative. He is the best big brother. Nothing stops him now and won’t in the future.

Nobody really takes any notice of his hand. What they see first is that big smile.

Thank you for all you’ve taught me, my precious boy. You inspire me every day, make my heart overflow with love and remind me (and others) that being who you are and being proud of it is so important.

We are all different and that is something to be celebrated, so let’s keep doing that!

Behind the scenes


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A royal for the modern age.

While Prince William and Kate Middleton are busy keeping Windsor family traditions alive, Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle are unafraid to break from protocol. Case in point, Miz Markle’s recent bold fashion choice.

Related: The ULTIMATE Royal Family Quiz!

On Monday, the engaged twosome joined Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals for an official outing. Specifically, for her first engagement with the British monarch, Meghan joined the royal family at Westminster Abbey for a service in honor of Commonwealth Day.

Although the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge played it safe in an all navy ensemble, the former Suits actress made her Mark-el (sorry, we had to) by donning a striking white coat by Amanda Wakeley and a fashionable hat by Stephen Jones. The American divorcée also wore a navy dress by Wakeley, which only made the jacket pop more.

LOVES it. Now, we may’ve loved Meghan’s look over Kate’s outfit, but we adore seeing William, Harry, and their ladies color coordinating so perfectly.

For more pics from their official outing, be sure to ch-ch-check out the gallery (above)!

[Image via WENN.]

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The music industry’s biggest night is upon us!!

With stars like Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez, and Halsey taking the plunge at the 2017 Grammys, we can’t even imagine what this year’s show will be like.

While there’s still time until the red carpet rolls out, why not relive last year’s fashions??

There’s plenty more cleavage and thigh (below)!

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[Image via Apega/WENN.]

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Orange may be the new black, but is cheap the new chic??

As we reported, in a video captured by TMZ, Taryn Manning SLAMS the $200 Adrianna Papell outfit she wore to Sunday’s SAG Awards as her stylist failed to disclose the dress’s price.

Not only did she call the entire situation “wack,” the OITNB star believes she is worthy of a “superstar gown.”

Related: Taryn Manning Opens Up About ‘Hitting Rock Bottom’

On Thursday night, the Crossroads actress took to Instagram to apologize for her comments, and says she has no ill will towards the designer or her stylist:

“I first want to say I’m sorry for the comments I made while being bombarded by paparazzi about my stylist and my dress. Let’s be clear, I loved my @adriannapapell dress and I’m friends with my stylist @chaunielle_brown I felt so beautiful and I was proud to be there to support my amazing cast of strong women and celebrate our nomination.”

However, the 39-year-old still claims she didn’t know about the price, and feels “used for someone else’s gain.”

“But styling should be a collaboration between the artist, stylist and the designer. I was completely caught off guard when all of the press about my dress was about the cost, which I knew nothing about, and I felt used for someone else’s gain. There was nothing out there about why I was there in the first place. I would have loved to embrace that my dress was affordable at SAG, especially since so much about fashion is unattainable, but I wasn’t given that chance.”

Although she wasn’t able to wear “couture” like other actresses at the event, Manning believes there are more important things in life than a dress’s “price tag.”

“Every artist dreams of wearing couture on a red carpet if given the opportunity. But I am happy to be the proof that there is more to feeling confident, beautiful and happy on the inside than just a price tag”

You can still buy the frock at Macy’s (HERE) or Bloomingdale’s (HERE).

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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So romantic!

Demi Lovato rocked this black strapless form-fitting gown with a sheer overlay and tulle detail to the American Music Awards! Very flattering!

We love that she kept her jet black locks long and flowing with a soft pink lip and smokey eye. Fab!

What do U think of this look?? SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!

[Image via Getty Images.]

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Ashley Graham

isn’t about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

Ahead of it filming in Shanghai on Monday, the supermodel took to Instagram the day before to flaunt a different pair of (photoshopped) wings on the runway!

Photos: All The SeXXXy VSFS Looks!

With the caption hashtag “#thickthighssavelives” it sounds like Ash is shading the lingerie label for their lack of size diversity:

Got my wings! 🦋💐🌈😜 .. my #AdditionElle wings! #thickthighssavelivesA post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Nov 19, 2017 at 6:47pm PST

In case you didn’t know, Ashley already models her own lingerie line for Addition Elle!

We bet her fans would love to see her become an Angel though!

[Image via WENN.]

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Christina Aguilera

didn’t just kill on stage, but look at her on the red carpet!

The songstress DID end up walking it at the American Music Awards, and we’re so grateful we got to soak up this sexy black outfit!

Xtina didn’t do us dirty, but she did give us sophisticated vibes in this dramatic gown featuring a plunging v-neckline and thigh-high slit!

Black pumps, slicked back locks, and minimal diamond jewelry completed her ensem.


[Image via Getty Images.]

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We knew Pink‘s gown looked familiar!

The What About Us songstress donned a tiered white Monsoori gown to the CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, just weeks after Gloria Trevi wore the same number to the Latin American Music Awards!

As you can tell, Gloria’s was purple, but still!

You know we have to ask…

[Image via AP Images & WENN.]

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The model, singer and subject of a new film on Trump, not being allowed to hit people and why she misses Concorde

A singer, songwriter, actor and model, Grace Jones was born in Jamaica in 1948. She was brought up by her grandmother and violent step-grandfather and moved to Syracuse, New York, to join her parents when she was 13. In the 80s, she had several hits, including Pull Up to the Bumper, My Jamaican Guy and Slave to the Rhythm, which combined reggae, funk and new wave. She appeared as Bond villain in A View to a Kill in 1985. She had a long-term relationship with photographer Jean-Paul Goude and they have a son, Paolo. Jones is currently finishing off her 11th studio album and has a documentary coming out about her called Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, directed by Sophie Fiennes.

How did you and Sophie Fiennes get along making this documentary?
We hit it off right away; we have the same amount of siblings in our family and weve both always been competitive. Shes like a sister in another life. I like that she just gets it done. It was easy having her around.

In the documentary, you say that you got your creative side from your mum and your religious strength from your dad…
I dont remember a lot of what I say. Sometimes I feel like, Did I say that? Things jump out of my mouth! I got a lot of things from both my parents. My mum [Marjorie Jones, who died very recently] was very fashion, she was like a supermodel, very thin, very tall. She made a lot of her clothes; we still have her sewing patterns from Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent from the 50s, fabulous. And also she was very big into athletics. In Jamaica, sport is a big part of our lives. My dad was a mystery man to me when I was young [he lived in New York, she lived in Jamaica]. But I remember, my God, he could grow anything. Even in upstate New York in the winter, his roses were the biggest roses on the block. And Im sure I got my music from my mums dad, who was a pianist and toured with Nat King Cole in Miami. I conjure up these spirits.

Your step-grandfather, Mas P, beat you what do you think about that today?
Oh, I think it was awful! I believe that he thought he was doing the right thing. He would try and back me up in a corner and say: Why dont you preach the gospel, become a missionary, a pastor, a nun? And it was all of us, not just me, my brothers as well. Read the Bible, get beaten.

How much are you in control of your work?
I am totally in control of my work. I dont mean I do it on my own I love to work with other people but I choose who I work with. Or they choose me, but I like them, so its fine. When you collaborate, you have to let that person do their thing, otherwise you dont learn anything.

What do you think of President Trump?
Oh please, grow up! Thats all I can say to him. He makes a big deal of sportspeople taking a knee but he doesnt make a big deal of the KKK marching with fire. He calls them fine people. He hasnt shown us his taxes; how can he make a plan for tax if hes hiding his taxes from us? I believe that every presidential candidate should see a psychiatrist before theyre allowed to stand. I truly believe he has brought a whole dark cloud over the world. Climate, immigration, everything We are in a dark period.

How is it being a grandmother?
Its the best. Her name is Athena, shes eight and shes so gifted. She plays classical piano without looking at the keys, shes an amazing dancer and she paints and sings. I love combing her hair. She has the kind of hair where, if you put it in a braid and leave it for two days, it starts dreading like a Rasta, so I comb it with the TangleTeezer.

What does old age mean to you?
Oh God, I never use those words. I just call it wisdom. Time is like a space capsule We are in space, not time. I spend a lot of time in the sea. And Im a sky stalker, I look at the sky, look out. I would love to go into outerspace.

You have said you love to travel. How long do you stay in one place?
In Jamaica, I try to stay one month without moving. I use it as my base in the winter. I want to do a theatre in Jamaica. Im happy not travelling as much as I used to. Travelling is a pain in the ass since 9/11. I used to love it when it was easy, with Concorde. I enjoy being on the plane but not being patted down between the legs and then asked for a selfie. You cant say anything to anyone in the airport. I used to just hit people, but they would call the police now The last trip I took, I had a manicure the day before and it set off a big alert, like it was some kind of chemical weapon. The more I go through that, the moreIdont want to travel, unless yousend me a private plane. But I do have a flying outfit. Its an Issey Miyake utility pilot suit, with all thezips everything stays in thepockets, my credit card, passport, money. Then I put on my leather flying hat and pick up my purse and thats it. Whatever I dont have I dont need.

Maybe you should just drive everywhere
I can drive. But I have no patience with bad drivers so its better that I dont. I honk my horn, I swear. So I drive at night when there is nobody on the road. I need a flying car.

What do you think about fashion and modelling these days?
Im glad Im not doing it now. Id probably be dead. Everybodys so skinny. Size zero is like the walking dead. Not sexy at all. When I modelled, I would normally be a model size six, eight, though my shoulders are wide, its hard to make them fit into things. Now I cant get into model sizes, because theyre really small. When it comes to fashion, Im loyal. I love Issey Miyake, Alaa, Kenzo, Philip Treacy. Im going to open a foundation in my moms name, teaching sewing and creating fashion.

What annoys you about modern life?
How it is round the wrong way. Like, I wait with my son for an Uber. He says: We have to walk to the car, hes not gonna wait for us. And I say: Im not walking to the cab! The cab comes to us! But he wants us to go because the customer is rated. The customer is rated? Excuse me! The world is inside out and upside down! And my son is like: Mom, mom, mom, please just walk to the cab. And I say: No. I feel like Gloria Swanson in SunsetBoulevard.

Grace Jones & Friends Live will be in cinemas nationwide for one nightonlyon 25 October and Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami will be in cinemas from 27 October

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