U.K. Bridal Store Includes Disabled Mannequin in Wedding Dress Display

The Internet is applauding the store's representation

Updated 01/10/19

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Even though the fashion industry has made a lot of progress in diversifying beauty standards, there is still a long way to go. But thankfully, the wedding industry just took a small but important step towards inclusivity: A U.K.-based wedding dress boutique featured a disabled bridal mannequin in its store display, and people are so supportive of the shop's step towards representation.

Twitter user Beth Wilson, who is disabled, spotted the mannequin at wedding dress store the White Collection in Portishead, Bristol. She took to social media to share the news.

"The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair-using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window," she wrote in a tweet, alongside a photo of the display.

Wilson spoke to Cosmopolitan about the display and discussed the importance of inclusivity.

"This is the first time I’ve seen a wheelchair in a shop window like this (mobility shops not included) and it was so surprising to see and made me feel represented," Wilson said. "So often disabled people feel invisible because we don’t see ourselves in the media much and especially not modeling beautiful clothes. The reaction on Twitter has shown that it means a lot to other people, too."

She added that she was not only thrilled about the wheelchair in the window, but also the fact that the chair was decorated with beautiful greenery.

"Mobility aids are often portrayed as negative things that people want to hide when actual mobility aids like wheelchairs give us freedom," Wilson said. "It’s great that they decorated the chair rather than try and hide it away."

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