We recently sat down with UNYQER Jaspera Delair, a French fashion designer, who lost her leg four years ago in a car accident. What strikes us most about so many UNYQERS, Jaspera Delair included, is their perspective on limits and disability.
Too often the able are the ones who look upon those with physical differences and assume the worst. Jaspera Delair faced this obstacle in full force in the hospital after her amputation. “Some people tried to demotivate me about my future, telling me to focus more on how to get by as a “young disabled girl.””
The negative attitudes pushed Jaspera Delair to take her rehabilitation into her own hands for awhile. “I preferred to do my rehab alone at home with my boyfriend’s help so I could stay postive and not fall into depression.”
“I had to fight to prove that I could live as before; people thought it was over for me.”
Fortunately today she has found a great prosthetist and they work well together. “He doesn’t put barrier around me.” And sans barrier she is!
When Jaspera Delair was 17 years old she created a clothing line called FATTOYZ with her boyfriend. They have continued to develop it over the years, never giving up, and today the brand has evolved and they have a team of people working with them in Paris, Montpellier and Toulouse.
“We invested in a workshop of screen print and sewing which allowed us to be more productive and creative.” Most recently, she released a second eponymous brand: www.jasperadelair.com. “This one is more luxury vintage modern while FTZ remains an urban chic brand.”
You’d think that losing a leg would hinder your dreams, but Jaspera Delair demonstrates that isn’t the case. “I do exactly the same activities I used to before my accident (sports, shopping, hanging out with friends). I even wear heels and I will take my driving license test this year.
“I have no limits; what I want to do, I do.”
When Jaspera Delair got her UNYQ prosthetic cover the first thing she did was do a photography session with her fashion pieces and her Vittra Black. The photos, which she first shared on Instagram, are striking and beautiful. “I think it surprises non disabled people to see a different image of disability and this gives confidence to disabled people.”
“The most important thing is to believe in yourself and especially to not see limits. Trust in your prosthesis, as much as you trusted in your original limb.”
All images courtesy of Jaspera Delair.