April 15, 2024

Caprice-Kwai Is GLAMOUR’s Self-Love Cover Star

When I started going out more on my crutches, I used to hate people staring and I would think, “Why are people staring? Is it not normal to use crutches or does my leg look a certain way? ” But now when I’m walking my dog, I don’t care if people stare; I’m doing something I enjoy.

I’m at the stage now where I don’t have to feel positive about my body all the time, and that’s OK. I strive more for body neutrality, where I don’t have feelings either way – I’m just content and accepting of who I am.

Sometimes I forget that I’m only 21 because after becoming Disabled at such a young age, I feel like I experienced some things some adults haven’t experienced. But it’s weird because I also haven’t experienced some of the things people my age have experienced, like finishing school and going to prom – but then I’ve done so many amazing other things, like walking at London Fashion Week!

The thing is, my Disability is always there – so it can be hard because even when I have a shoot, I’m out like a week after with chronic fatigue, and no one would even know. But at those times, it’s about giving myself the space to recover and just being OK with where I am at that moment. I remind myself I don’t have to push myself; my body is fine as it is.

My jewellery brand empowers me the most, it reminds me to be just unapologetically me and be the representation I didn’t see when I was younger. My logo was a big part of that, I wanted it to show my natural hair and my crutch, both important parts of me that I’m proud of now.

CapriceKwai a Black woman is walking down a path though Waterlow Park kitchen garden for London Fashion Week. She is. . .

It’s through advocating for myself as a Disabled person that I’ve been able to advocate for myself as a Black woman, too, because I’ve pushed more for my natural hair on shoots, and I always turn up on set with natural hair and show people how to work with it. I’ve gone onto sets where I’m not just the only Disabled person in the room, but I’m also the only Black person in the room, and that massively needs to change.

If I could tell my teenage self anything, it’d be that it’s hard now, but in a few years you’re going to embrace yourself and just feel so content – and that’s the best feeling.

It can be tough to maintain a sense of empowerment in myself every day, but it’s about remembering that I don’t always have to be strong. I know one thing for sure, though – my 10-year-old self would be so proud of where I am, and that keeps me going.

Journalist: Rachel Charlton-Dailey

Photographer: Aitken Jolly

Stylist: Michelle Duguid

Hair: Lauraine Bailey

Makeup: Sarah Jagger

Manicure: Danni O’Mahoney

Beauty Director: Camilla Kay

Design Director: Dennis Lye

Entertainment Director: Emily Maddick

Production: Dalia Nassimi

Creative Video Producer: Chrissie Moncrieffe

Purpose Editor: Lucy Morgan

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