More Than A Disability showcases actors and models in roles that would typically go to able-bodied talent.
The campaign displays five posters with disabled actors starring in mock Hollywood hits, rom-coms, and even a new TV show.
Speaking to TenEighty about the campaign, Linda says, “From my perspective this would be fine if disabled actors had the same opportunities that abled actors do. As they don’t, the first stepping stone is at least casting disabled actors in disabled roles, as they are never cast in abled-bodied roles.”
The campaign comes about following the lack of representation in modern media like Hollywood films, TV shows or fashion photography shoots.
With 15% of the World’s population experiencing some form of disability, Grace and Linda hope this campaign will challenge the industry to be more inclusive.
Hannah Fisher, a model from Linda and Grace’s campaign, says, “As a model with a disability I believe the fashion and media industry could do more work to provide an equal playing ground for the currently underrepresented.
“By doing this, it will enable our diverse society to overcome stigma and marginalisation.”
Linda and Grace tell TenEighty about the implications of casting able-bodied talent over those with disabilities: “It’s saying: ‘Well you can’t play abled bodied roles, but we also feel that able bodied actors can play your roles better’.
“In a fair world, where disabled actors have equal opportunities in roles, this wouldn’t be a problem, but it’s very far from that situation currently.”
Read more about Linda Blacker’s photography shoot with Lucy Moon. Alternatively check out Grace Mandeville’s involvement with the fashion collection Collusion.