When Vicky Balch lost her leg on Alton Towers’ Smiler ride in 2015, she was determined not to let her amputation hold her back.
Two years down the line and the 22-year-old’s appearance on the London Fashion Week catwalk is a tribute to her recovery, her spirit and her body positivity.
Vicky recalled the accident on Lorraine in the interview below:
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Balch was one of four thrill-seekers who were seriously injured when the Smiler ride malfunctioned and crashed into a carriage ahead.
After rehabilitation and help from a personal trainer, Vicky was able to walk again – with the help of a prosthetic – and recently made her debut on the fashion circuit.
Balch walked alongside a number of other amputee models on Friday during the TeatumJones show, which also included Kelly Knox.
Balch is represented by Zebedee Model Agency, a management agency which champions models with disabilities.
Vicky is one of the many fighting the good fight for greater diversity in the fashion world.
Sharing her excitement on social media, she tweeted:
— Vicky Balch (@vickyj_b) September 15, 2017
The inspirational young woman has consistently used her platform to spread messages encouraging body confidence in others.
Vicky is now working with Transform Trauma, a charity supporting those who have suffered traumatic injuries and helps them get back on their feet, so to speak.
Take a bow, Vicky!
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.