Another inspirational young woman in the news today… We all remember the horrific Alton Towers roller-coaster crash that saw two young women in the prime of their life lose a leg. I don’t think it’s a story we will forget anytime soon; the jolting realisation that something so fun could change a young life forever sent shockwaves through the nation.
Amputee Vicky Balch made the brave decision to pose nude for a photo shoot in a Manchester based studio a few days ago. The 21 year old told journalists that she made the decision to ‘challenge what society regards as sexy’ and to help with her ongoing self-esteem issues having received a barrage of social media abuse in the past. Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that this is something close to my heart and I hope in some some small way to be part of a sea change where we encourage, support and applaud anyone who is out there doing something and trying to achieve!
I wanted to blog about this today because in my humble opinion, anything that challenges what society regards as ‘acceptable’ or ‘normal’ is a fantastic thing! We need more young people to grow up and refuse to try and fit ‘the mould’. If you can be someone who delves into the deep reserves of human spirit when your life takes a traumatic turn for the worse, then you are a powerful human being if you ask me!
I am absolutely blown away by how beautiful the photographs are and why shouldn’t they be? Andrew Wood Photography Studio is renowned for their amazing work and Vicky is a gorgeous girl. The fact that she has one leg takes absolutely nothing away from the stunning images and if anything, adds something even more beautiful because it is different. What could be worth celebrating more than our differences and unique attributes that make us who we are!
Vicky told The Sunday People recently that there were times that she didn’t want to be here anymore but she’s learning to accept her body as it is now and love her ‘battle scars’. What an inspiration to us all.
Vicky I think that you are not only a stunning young woman but a very brave and inspiring one – be proud of the brave stance you took and more young women will follow your footsteps which will only lead to greater acceptance, empathy and appreciation.
Ladies, our bodies are all beautiful- let’s stick together and continue to challenge what society considers sexy – whether it’s a disability, stretch marks, scars – it is all part of what makes us who we are and what makes us beautiful!!