Models of Diversity
- BY: TEREZA BERKEMEIER
- Apr. 25, 2017
Jack Eyers of Bournemouth, UK was born with a Proximal Femoral Focal deficiency, a condition of the femur. He had challenges with having no knee joint as it prohibited movement and progressively declined with Eyers enduring constant and severe pain. At 16 years old he made a decision to undergo elective surgery to remove his leg from above his knee. Post operation physically he was able to do more and life for Eyers changed significantly. In 2010 he started within the fitness industry and became a Personal Trainer in his hometown of Bournemouth with a gym called FitSpace and this year in April he started his own venture with a strength and transformation studio called 180 degrees.
Eyers came across an article about Models of Diversity (MOD) when he was a visitor at the Bristol limb centre. He contacted Angel Sinclair the founder of agency Models of Diversity after being involved in the campaign for Paralympians in 2012. The Paralympians were being portrayed as super humans and Eyers wanted to be involved in any possible future projects for MOD that may help change the perception for himself and others. He shared his frustrations with Sinclair about the general media portrayal of wheelchair users and amputees who were often referred to as being disabled, impaired or handicapped. Following this conversation she invited him to join her campaign ‘Able’.
In 2015, Eyers became the first amputee model to walk the runway for New York Fashion Week personally chosen by designer Antonio Urzi. ‘For me it's just an honour to be able to work on this amazing project’, Urzi told Caters News. Eyers was also crowned 2016 Man of the Year by Men’s Health Magazine.
In the same year Jack was invited to the Russian Fashion Week to walk for Bezgrainz Couture as they showcased their collection Novatory Trailblazers. Janina Urussowa, the founder of Bezgraniz CoutureTM project added: “Our story is unique, giving designers a chance to look at disability differently, making this a very difficult but interesting project to bring together. Equally important to the process are the models themselves, taking part in the creative process as experts, but also getting a new experience. This approach runs in perfect compliance with the main principle of UNO Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities".
British Designer team Teatum Jones winners of the prestigious Woolmark prize in 2016, cast Eyers in their AW17 collection in February this year. The Show which they chose to call ‘The Body’ had a political satire to it as Eyers among other models walked down the runway to the voice of Meryl Streep’s anti-trump speech at the Golden Globes. The designers were inspired by the ‘love of human stories that rejected the idea of the perfect human form’. The idea came from the designers having met with people of the Paralympian community finding that able and disabled body people do not have differences when it comes to fashion
Jack Eyers proudly lives out his mantra to ‘not let anything hold you back’ and presents a young millennial male making strong choices in all the enterprises he undertakes particularly within the fitness and fashion industries.