This is where you can get to know our real life models to understand their personal link to the cause, why they took part, how this helped them and a little bit more about them.
Please come back to view updates as these come in. (Last updated 11/11/2020)
My name is Christine Constantine and I’m 26 years old.
I suffer with many chronic illness conditions Gastroparesis, Sphincter of oddi dysfunctional syndrome, bowel Motility and Neuro pathetic spinal cord nerve damage.
Due to my gastroparesis I’m fed through a jejunostomy feeding tube. Spreading awareness is something I’m extremely passionate about and even more so now because I was a victim of online bullying due to my chronic illnesses and feeding tube.
This photoshoot was perfect for me to be part of because having those negative words on my body from the people that said them has made me become stronger and accept my feeding tube of how much it saved my life and not feel ashamed or embarrassed anymore. I’ve been able to create my own body image campaign, I was currently Miss June 2020 for the northwest calendar girls. I also recently became a finalist in a pageant for Miss Liverpool 2021 and also getting into the modelling industry.
I truly believe my feeding tubes (all 19 of them) gave me that confidence to achieve what I have done.....I’m forever grateful.
My names Sarah and I am 31 years old.
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 16 years old and underwent emergency surgery to have my colon removed and an ileostomy formed in 2019 when I was 29 years old. Taking part in this calendar has made me feel empowered & I want to continue to raise education & awareness for those living with invisible disabilities.
I started an instagram page a few months ago to start raising awareness and my instagram page is @positively_stella - I have gained so many opportunities since starting this page.
I am an ambassador for @colostomyUK charity & for @bysorelle.uk self care boxes, alongside this I am also a blogger for Securicare medical. I have been massively raising awareness and I was given the opportunity to be on sky news and my local radio station. I have also been included in some of asdas campaigns, including breast cancer awareness.
I have loved increasing awareness and showing people out there that it is okay to live a happy and full life no matter what 💜
Vicki Miller: TBC
I'm 44...(45 on the last day of the month)
I have Systemic Lupus Erythamatosus, Sjögrens Syndrome, Raynauds Syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease...
It means I am constantly exhausted, sleepy, my joints, muscles and even my hair follicles hurt! I have damaged kidneys, lungs and probably heart and brain.
In spite of this I have become a pageant girl coming 2nd runner up and Style Icon last year in Miss Voluptuous UK. I have also become an Educational Speaker for Blue Cross within the past year.
I have Lupus, Lupus does not have me! 💪🏻