Posted on 02 August 2018
At Mr.Men’s we often cross paths with remarkable people with unique stories and admirable aspirations. Jason Clymo, who came to visit us last week, is definitely no exception to the rule.
Courtesy of WINK Models
Almost 4 years ago now, Jason fell 3 storeys through the middle of a stairwell at a friend’s apartment, breaking his spine and damaging his spinal cord. Jason now lives with a physical impairment where he is paralysed from the waist down. As a wheelchair user, he faces a multitude of barriers in our society. Jason believes that “disability is an experience people with impairments face when they encounter barriers”. He says “part of working for better representation is to hopefully break down some of these barriers”.
Realizing the unbelievable lack of representation of the disabled community in magazines, fashion shows and catalogues. Jason made it blatantly obvious that there are no role models for people with disability in the fashion sphere. So without hesitation, Jason made it his personal mission to change things for the better. “I’d personally love to see disability become much more present in all types of advertising. Including fashion, beauty, editorial and on runways. After all, we are consumers of these sorts of products – so we deserve to be represented, thought of and marketed to” he says.
Now officially signed with WINK Models, Jason has modelled for Target, the FashionAble Show, and featured on Stellar Magazine.
Along with a few “secret projects”, Jason will be featured in an upcoming show called Carry On Doco where he joins 5 others with disabilities on a trip around Europe. So look out for him there!
Check out Jason on Instagram: @mylifewithwheels
Jules Rosenstein is a Bachelor of Science with a major in physiology from the University of Melbourne. His personal ambition is to improve himself and others holistically through motivation, discipline and education. He is currently studying a Masters Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition.