LEEDS MODEL’S MISSION IS TO HELP OTHER DISABLED MODELS… Here is her start-up to success story which inspires us all to innovate and create a soulful business.

  • A young model who has twice been diagnosed with Cancer is championing other disabled models to get into the industry.
  • Leeds’ Amber Manning, 24, has set up her own business to help other alternative models gain coverage and acquire an agent.
  • “I can’t physically model a lot of times so it gives me pleasure to introduce others who dream of some of the opportunities I have had.” 

The long NHS waiting list may be familiar to many at the moment, but for one young Leeds woman in remission from cervical cancer, these waits have become excruciatingly familiar after Melanoma treatment in her teens. 

Rather than wait for a letter to drop through her doorstep deciding her fate,  Amber Manning, 24, has focused her energy on helping others. 

Amber who was born in Armley and lives in Horsforth, had started making her way up the modelling industry before being diagnosed. 

She said: “If I thought about my brain tumour, moles and deteriorating health conditions, it would all feel too much. 

“I was working as a model which I still do on the days I am well enough but often I am all too weak to even walk. 

“So I choose to use my mental energy to help other models with disabilities and diverse backgrounds break into the industry.” 

Amber was ‘exploited,’ in the industry when starting out as a model empathises how hard it is to navigate this murky world. 

“Not only is there not a lot of obvious opportunities for alternative models, but you can end up in challenging situations as people exploit your vulnerability.” 

Why wait to create?

The 24-year-old who has previously been featured in magazines set up her own business during Lockdown acting as the link between new models and modelling agencies and publications.

“I literally buzz off seeing someone else’s success. I have not even decided on a name yet but have nearly 30 models in my group. 

“I was jumping around the house yesterday as one model has been featured in 9 publications. It gives me so much joy to use this agonising waiting game to be focused on the future for the talented men and women I represent.” 

Amber who dreams of appearing in Vogue is determined to pursue her business alongside her own career as a model. 

“I can’t physically model a lot of times so it gives me pleasure to introduce others who dream of some of the opportunities I have had.” 

You can find out more about Amber @laura_h_wilkinsonxx And get in touch with her by calling: 07958359133

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