This bridal shop is winning hearts for displaying a mannequin on wheelchair

Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 14 January 2019, 11:37 AM
This bridal shop displays one of its wedding dresses on a mannequin seated in a wheelchair./ Image: Twitter
This bridal shop displays one of its wedding dresses on a mannequin seated in a wheelchair./ Image: Twitter

A bridal shop in England is winning hearts for displaying one of its wedding dresses on a mannequin seated in a wheelchair. The mannequin sits in front of the two storefront displays for The White Collection, a small bridal shop in Portishead, England. The picture went viral as soon as it was shared by differently-abled artist Beth Wilson. The 36-year-old artist shared the picture on Twitter with a caption that read, ''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.''

Beth, who has been using the wheelchair for the last 5 years, said the display made her feel represented. However, bridal shop co-owner Laura Allen didn't think it was a big deal when she had the idea to put a window display mannequin in a wheelchair.

''It’s been great having such a positive response, but in a way it’s quite sad people have done a double take, it shows how rare it is to see a wheelchair in a shop window,” Allen was quoted as saying by news agencies.

“It would be nice one day for people to double take just because they like the dress,” she added.

Mrs Wilson said, ''I don’t need a wedding dress, but if I did, I’d definitely be far happier about going to a shop where I knew that I’d be accepted, wheelchair and all.” She later tweeted, ''I went and met Sarah @TheWhiteCollect and we had a great chat about how surreal it is to go viral online. Here’s hoping more shops start including disabled people :D.''

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter users:

First Published: Monday, January 14, 2019 11:35 AM
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