Talking Vision: Catwalk opportunity for women with blindness/low vision

20 January 2022

Addressing the underrepresentation of real women in fashion, volunteer led organisation This Is Me is looking for women of all backgrounds including those who are blind or have low vision to feature in their catwalk event for International Women’s Day.

The event will be hosted on March 19 in Melbourne, and aims to create a space for women who are generally not given a platform nor celebrated by designers.

Speaking to Vision Australia Radio’s Talking Vision, This is Me organiser Tina Brunet said the 2022 event will once again shine a light on the achievements diverse women.

“I see a lot of women like me who have grown up feeling inadequate, being not the right size, not the right shape, not the right height colour, and just being constantly told that you're not good enough,” Tina told host Tess Herbert.

This is the second year the event is being held, after a successful 2020 event featured 30 women.

One of the participants, Peggy Soo, debuted on the catwalk alongside her dog guide Tessa.  

Peggy Soo with her dog guide on the catwalk.
Peggy Soo with her dog guide on the catwalk in 2020.

She said it’s a wonderful opportunity to share stories and meet like-minded women who aren’t focused on in the media.

Peggy encouraged women who are blind or have low vision to consider becoming part of the event.

“It might look scary – it might take you out of your comfort zone, but it’s a beautiful event,” Peggy said.

All profits of the 2022 This is Us event will go towards developing a leadership program for vulnerable young women in India.

To hear more about the event listen to the interview in the player below:

People interested in applying for the event are asked to send a private message to the This is Me facebook page.

For more information on the event, visit This is Me.