Amputee Male Model – Jack Eyers
February 21, 2017
Last month I was commissioned by Barcroft Media to photograph and direct a piece about 26-year-old, Amputee Male Model – Jack Eyers from Bournemouth. Jack is also a personal trainer and ambassador for the charity, Models Of Diversity. Growing up Jack was diagnosed with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), a congenital condition which meant his right leg did not develop as it should. At the age of 16, Jack elected to have his leg amputated, a decision that has changed his life and enabled him to develop his career in personal training and modelling. Since then, Jack was part of the opening ceremony at the 2012 Paralympics, featured on the cover of Men’s Health, walked at fashion weeks in New York, Milan, Russia and only last week added London to the list.
We shot the main interview at Jacks home along with some stills before heading to the gym for Jack to have a training session. On the way, we stopped at Boscombe beach to shoot some B-Roll which was great considering it was the nicest day of the year so far. The great thing about Jack is his endless positivity and enthusiasm coupled with such a grounded nature which renders his ‘disability’ invisible. We talked a lot about the terminology around his amputation, words like handicapped, phrases like able-bodied; they really are poor descriptors when it comes to Jack and others like him who have adapted their lives and overcome the limitations a prosthetic could present. Jack is fitter and more ‘able’ than most people and so it is high time for an industry that is preoccupied with stereotypes and artificial beauty standards to diversify and be more inclusive.
Spending the day shooting with Jack was a huge inspiration. His appetite for life, fitness and using his place in fashion to show others who may feel sidelined or singled out for any reason that they can pursue exciting careers was truly humbling. 2017 is a big year for Jack, determined to sign a contract with a modelling agency and take steps toward opening the fashion industries eyes to the opportunities of using models from a wider spectrum of body types.
To read the full story about Jack then head to www.barcroft.tv.