10-year-old with cerebral palsy starts modelling career with River Island

A young girl living with cerebral palsy who has always dreamed of being a model has been hand-picked for a River Island advertising campaign.

Emily Shilton, Lancashire, was diagnosed with the increasingly common condition as a one-year-old and has lived with it for most of her life.

In recent weeks, she has recovered from complex multilevel surgery – a procedure which has enabled her to begin walking short distances unaided.

Shortly after the operation, the youngster, who “loves dressing up and feeling pretty” was selected for a River Island advertising campaign.

“It was the longest time she had been on her feet since the operation, and she breezed through it,” said Emily’s mum, Laura.

“They gave her two outfits to wear on the day and she had to smile and enjoy herself.”

After her big day, the youngster stumbled across an advertisement for the high street retailer on YouTube and “was super happy,” Laura recalls.

“Children can do anything that they put their mind to and Emily is proof in the pudding,” she said.

Laura added that she hoped her daughter would inspire other young people living with disabilities to pursue their dreams.

“We feel so proud. We love the fact that she’s breaking barriers.

“The world is a judgemental place but we want to make it so everybody has the chance to do whatever they want.”

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