Earlier this week I did something scary. My workplace was contacted by Ladybeard Magazine as they were doing an Instagram takeover of Dazed Beauty‘s page and wanted to showcase visible difference and help to redefine beauty. A year or two ago, there is no way that I would have done something like this. I was still rather reluctant, but my wonderful supportive colleagues encouraged me to take this step out of my comfort zone and give it a go. I’m glad I did, Tyro and Elliss who were doing the shoot were very professional and it was clear that they feel passionately about bringing about greater representation into the fashion industry. Thank you for the opportunity and showcasing me, just simply for being me.
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How has your visual difference affected what you perceive as beautiful? . "Being born with a visual difference has made me appreciate beauty in its many forms, and the fact that beauty is everywhere we look, we simply need only to open our eyes to it, and expand our minds beyond stereotyped concepts of beauty. Rather than aspiring to be like somebody else, I hope that we see our own beauty in the mirror and feel encouraged to embrace being ourselves. Because no-one else can do you quite like you." – Kenny . Kenny was born with cleft lip and palate. He works for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) as their Adult Services Coordinator. . Photography: Tyro Heath (@tyroheath) Styling & Art Direction: ELLISS (@ellissellisselliss) Interview: Hannah Abel-Hirsch