Yesterday I watched a very interesting and beautiful program about a very speci al model agency in Stockholm – Funki Models. That I just have to share with you. I know very little about agency and so I had to turn to their website to get some information.
Funki Models, models with that little extra, most of their website is in Swedish, but there some great photos of their models, so it’s well worth a visit.
I just love the whole idea behind agency – that people that has disability will have a chance read about fashion and beauty where the models are in the same situation as themself.
The driving forces behind the agency is Lou Rehnlund, Mikael Torstensson (not on this photo) and Petra Matha. What I undertand is the agency fairy new started, I guess a little over a year. Funki Models had very busy year – their event book is full. Eight of Funki models was showing hairstyle and make-up done by Make-up studio in Malmö on Beauty Fair on September 29th. Also present in TV programs and TV commercials. One program was about disability and dating.
“Funki Models is a modeling agency where all the models have some sort of disability – visible or invisible. We provide assignments for film, television and photography, but you can also hire models as lecturers or for marketing research. The models can participate in focus groups or interviews to test new products or maybe try the accessibility of your company’s website or premises.
Funki Models are not only to conveying model jobs, we are now building a coaching business aimed at models to become more comfortable in their roles and to strengthen their self-esteem.
We believe that every person has tremendous potential. It is all about breaking down barriers. Whether they are in the environment or in one’s own perception of what is possible.
Funki Models is runned by Lou Rehnlund, who started Sweden’s first modeling agency for people with disabilities. Funki Models is an independent part of Frösunda
There is no cost to participate as a model in Funki models.” (text: funkimodels.se)
Funki models have had a partnership with Berghs School of Communication. Students in photo education has portrayed 10 Funki models models with focus on their beauty and personality more than their disability. Some of those photos you see below here.
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light of the heart.”
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