Thursday, 7 February 2013

Walk a Crooked Mile





For once, there are photos here on my blog but the text is elsewhere. It can be found beginning on page 221 of the current March issue of British Vogue, where I have a three page article titled 'Twist of Fate' discussing my experiences of scoliosis, spinal surgery, recovery and body image. I am so incredibly thrilled to have been given this opportunity.
A copy of the magazine arrived on the same day that the skeleton previously exhumed from a car park in Leicester was confirmed as being that of Richard III. Photos showed a scoliosis very similar to my own. Irony or strange serendipity - take your pick. Photos above (taken by my Dad and Mum) inspired by Chanel's SS12 show where pearls were strung along models' vertebrae, while the images below show one of my x-rays prior to surgery and Richard III's spine.
In the article the fantastic photography skills of both Vanessa Jackman and Florence Fox accompany the text.

 

31 comments:

Intrinsically Florrie said...

These photos are absolutely stunning Roz, and having read what you have been through incredibly powerful. Your blog and writing is such a huge inspiration so please just keep on doing what you're doing and enriching the world with your wonderful work.

Florrie x

Rosa Fay said...

These are so incredibly beautiful! The shots almost have a Frida Kahlo edge to them. You are so inspiring Roz, the way you've managed to come out the other side after what you've been through. Seriously can wait to together my hands on that Vogue! Congratulations!

Tara said...

When news reports earlier in the week, fashioned and unveiled images and interpretations of Richard III's scolio-cified (?) spine, I recall chiming:
"I have never felt such a connection to an English monarch in my life!"
Congratulations on "Twist of Fate" - which I read, re-read and then, re-read, again - and truly lovely photographs.

Best Wishes,

Tara

Isa said...

My scoliosis is not nearly as bad as yours - I'm right on the edge for surgery, about 35-36 degrees on my bigger curve - but it still bothers me every day. I would love love love to read the article but I have no idea where to get British vogue here. Has the surgery made a big difference for you? I am made to understand that since my bigger curve is on the lower part of my back, I would lose a lot of lateral mobility. It sucks living with scoliosis, but it's inspiring to me to see that I'm not alone.

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jess said...

Your blog has been on my blogroll for a while, but I never really paid much attention. It was only this Sunday when I was struck by the outfit you were wearing and how grown up, professional, and beautiful you looked...which sounds a little weird of me, but I promise it isn't! After reading your post today I am even more impressed, having had no idea about your struggle with scoliosis. I will pay much more attention to your blog and writing and hope to read your piece in Vogue. Congratulations for accomplishing so much at such a young age :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow these photos are amazing!!!! Sadly I won't be able to read the article unless I can find a copy of British Vogue in our bookstores, I'll definitely look for it if I don't get snowed in this weekend! :D
And wow, weird how similar your spines were...
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Melanie said...

That is so spooky cool that you received the magazine on the same day as the Richard III ID.
Big hugs on having your piece and beautiful photos in the March British Vogue. I will definitely get a copy. I will be very proud indeed to tell people that I virtually know you! The parallel imagery of your bejewelled scar with the Chanel SS12 show must be arresting and beautiful.

Shoaib said...

kisses :)

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Those photos are beautiful and I think you're brave to share your story, no doubt inspiring other young girls who may have surgery ahead of them. I'll be sure to look out for a copy and your article : )

Sacramento Amate said...

The greatness of turning pain into beauty.
I am speechless,proud and deeply touched, my dear Rosalind.
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edie pop said...

Beautiful photos, your blog is always a great inspiration and I'm glad that you can share what happened on Vogue, I'm sure it could help many persons with the same problem!!
I Find great that you and your parents Now can finally celebrate with creativity and beauty such a terrible experience.
XXX

Helen Le Caplain said...

What lovely pictures - I need to get my mitts on a copy of your article x

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Emalina said...

Those are really beautiful and tender photographs of your lovely back, dear Roz. You have turned yourself into a work of art with the flowers and jewels. And how exciting to have had that article published in the latest Vogue, I will seek it out immediately! Congratulations.

Vix said...

What truly stunning images, I'm so proud to virtually know you!
I hope the article gives women facing similar surgery courage, I know it would have helped me! xxx

olivia grace said...

You are completely and utterly inspiring. I am in complete awe and admiration of how much you have achieved, massive congratulations xx

Market Magpie said...

Beautiful images and an inspirational article!

daisychain said...

Incredible photos sweetheart and you have such an amazing story to tell x

Lauren said...

I was instantly struck by the image of your back, decorated so delicately. It made me realize the delicate nature of the human spine is and that there are so many who have experienced scoliosis. Best wishes on your Vogue featured story, your recuperation, and imitable blog!!!

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Lauren at adorn la femme

Lydia said...

Being published in Vogue has to be such a pinnacle for you. I can't even imagine. These photos are amazing. I love how you "styled" your back.

Gabriella India said...

I have just finished your article in Vogue, and (as a blogger myself), had to check out your blog.
I also suffer from scoliosis, and used to suffer from sever back pain. Luckily for me, yoga has helped to lessen the pain.
I think these photos are really beautiful. I thought your article was beautifully written, and I can't wait to see your future work.
G x

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

I wish I could read the article. Perhaps I can find the issue here. The photos are beautiful. I find it poignant that they were shot by your mum and dad, who must have suffered with you through this ordeal.

I also found myself reflecting on the idea of scars. First I thought of a rather large one I have on my leg as a result of a childhood accident; it was a defining moment in a way, although not life threatening at all. Then I thought of the internal scars we carry, whether literal or emotional, how their invisibility to others makes it difficult for them to understand how they might impact how we move or react. Perhaps they constrict other organs or muscles, or create tough knots of insensitive tissue, necessary but also potentially problematic.

Wounds and healing. We are both frail and miraculous, I think. I can only wonder at the remarkable timing of your article and and the discovery of Richard III. I am certain this will give your article even more press, opening more doors for you. I am happy for that.

Camilla said...

I read the article in Vogue as was in absolute awe of your journey and brave approach, you truly are an inspiration.

xo Camilla

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FASHION TALES said...

Incredibly breathtaking Roz, I'm stunned and so inspired. Wonderful article.xo/Madison

saint in the city said...

Super cool about the Richard III thing - although the idea of a king being buried in a carpark still completely baffles me.

Great photos, as always, and I really enjoyed coming across your article in Vogue.

Ireland Casswell-Clarkson said...

Stunning pictures, I simply can't get past the idea of having to rip off those glued on pieces ouch.
A fascinating coincidence, I wonder if scoliosis has become more or less common over time, or stayed in status.
It truly is an amazing opportunity, I've been reading through your blog for while. I must say you really have earn't it.

Fashionistable said...

Amazing similarity indeed. How wonderful you live in more advanced times and now have a nice straight spine that follows your beautifully portrayed scar here. My favourite position is the last shot with your arms up looks like a painting. Xxxx

Bella Q said...

Your pics remind me eerily of Frida Kahlo's portraits- beauty/pain seared together in a frilly package but still displaying the raw wound of of a physical history on the body.

You are so lovely- and I delight that choose to share the not-so-perfect part of you (love the braces!) as well as your best crafted composure.

I can't believe your in British Vogue!!! AAAAAh! I must find a copy and splurge for it- I can't wait to read your words in a fashion mag! I called it from the beginning! xo-Bella Q

odysseyhome.com said...

Absolutely beautiful. I must get my hands on that issue of British Vogue! Congratulations, Roz!

Photostorming said...

Oh, I just discovered your wonderful blog and I can't find any words to describe how it's beautiful.

I have the same scarce in my back because of scolysis surgery(maybe it's written different) and I like how you use it in the pictures.

Hugs from Istanbul!

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Izzy DM said...

Can't wait to read it! I realized the copy for sale on the mymagstore website that I posted to your facebook is for the February issue, but I'll order the March issue when it's available. Congrats again!
xoxo

Miss May said...

I just found your blog while searching my own spine related art project. I too have spinal fusion and a lovely scare similar to your own. These pictures are so inspiring and powerful! Thankyou!

-Michelle M.