A dwarf model who sat front row at Victoria Beckham’s London Fashion Week show has a clear message for designers – make clothes for all shapes and sizes.
Vogue cover star Sinead Burke, 29, is 3ft 5ins tall but has become a catwalk industry giant.
She is pushing for a fashion revolution so “a little person like me can work for Gucci”.
After meeting her, Victoria Beckham said of Sinead: "She is incredibly smart and funny – and her advocacy work is inspiring."
The activist was singled out by Meghan Markle to appear on the world's most famous fashion magazine and sat just a few places away from iconic industry ice-queen Anna Wintour at this month's catwalk shows in the capital.
Sinead said: “I want people who have always felt excluded from the system to be part of it, whether it’s wearing clothes, seeing themselves reflected in magazines or being part of the industry.
“I’d like to be a person who brings out the best in other people and uses opportunities to amplify voices and create platforms for new voices.”
The Dublin school teacher gave TED Talk in March 2017 called “Why design should include everyone”.
It has been watched 1.4million times.
She explained her every-day struggles – anything from the height of toilet door locks to the range of available shoe sizes.
After her Ted talk was shared around the world she took a punt and introduced herself to Vogue editor Edward Enniful by tugging on his sleeve at London Fashion Week in February 2018.
Meghan Markle then picked Sinead to star on the magazine’s front page when she guest-edited the publication in September 2019.
Her wardrobe is now bursting with custom-made clothes created by the world’s biggest designers.
The campaigner said: “There is some Gucci, some Prada, some Dior, some Balenciaga, some Victoria Beckham, some Christopher Kane, some Burberry.”
She called it a “huge privilege and an honour” but she wants fashion to be available to everyone.
Sinead says there is lots of work to be done to change “the most exclusive industry in the world”.
But she added:“I thought I would be a teacher for ever and here we are!”
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Speaking about appearing on the Vogue cover, Sinead posted on social media: "I'm so very proud, incredibly honoured and humbled to be one of the 15 Forces of Change featured on the cover of British Vogue's September issue, chosen by a very special guest editor, the Duchess of Sussex.
"I've been collecting the September issue of Vogue for as long as I can remember.
"They were my gateway to a world that I couldn't visualise myself within.
"Those September issues still line my bookcases at home and now I'll get to add one more to that collection."
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