Irish activist Sinéad Burke named as one of Vogue's most influential women

Author and campaigner Sinéad Burke has been featured in British Vogue's list of 25 women shaping 2018, to be published in their July issue next week.

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#Vogue25: ‘An extraordinary cast of leaders defining and redefining the way we live now.’ I am extraordinarily grateful to @BritishVogue for including me in their inaugural Power List - online today and will be in print in their July issue (out June 8th). It is humbling and so very surreal to sit alongside so many of my heroes, women who are shaping and changing the world. Thank you, @edward_enninful, @claudia.croft, @gileshattersley and everyone at Vogue who has put up with me in the past few months. 📷 : @davidburtonstudio 👗: @juliabrenard (Dress by @Burberry - thank you @niamhwatmore and @rubymaystephens.) 💇🏻‍♀️: @traciecant 💄 : @maryjanefrost . The full list is: @dualipa, @graceladoja, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, JK Rowling, @ediecampbell, Caroline Cadwalldr, Amelia Gentleman, Katherine Viner, Priyanka Joshi, @letitiawright, Carolyn McCall, @mariabalshaw, Hannah Anderson, @karen.blackett.71, @stellamccartney, Vicky Featherstone, @yanapeel, @adwoaaboah, Sue Y Nabi, Amal Clooney, Antonia Romeo, Ruth Davidson, Orla Doherty, Colette Roche, @nataliekingham and Brenda Hale. . [Image description: Two portraits of nine women from #Vogue25 in a palette of navy, pinks, taupe, sea green and light blue.]

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Vogue's list, reflecting on what power means in the modern world, sees Sinéad featured alongside other female powerhouses such as popstar Dua Lipa, author J.K Rowling, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, model Adwoa Aboah and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, among others.

The piece comes after Sinéad featured on the cover of Business of Fashion magazine's Influencer issue last month, alongside Kim Kardashian. Her cover shot sees her dressed in a Burberry trench coat, cut down to fit her figure.

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Fashion Must Include Everyone: Thank you Tim Walker for translating my ambition and vision into this extraordinary image, to @imranamed and @BoF for shaping and amplifying this movement, to @timblanks for his visit to Dublin and his excellent, curious questions and to @Burberry for their collaboration in the reassembly of the system of fashion. I am honoured to be on the cover of #BoF's Age of Influence print issue. You can purchase the print issue and read Tim's full interview on www.businessoffashion.com. 📷: Tim Walker 🧥: @nikhilmansata 💄: @lucyjbridge 💇🏻‍♀️: @shonju . [Image description: Staring down the lens of the camera, I am holding a scissors and wearing a @Burberry trench coat that has been deconstructed and lacerated into pieces to fit. I'm also wearing laced Adidas Stan Smiths runners, blue eyeshadow and slicked back retro hair. The coverline reads In The Age of Influence: @TheSineadBurke.] #FashionMustIncludeEveryone

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Sinéad was born with achondroplasia, a genetic disorder that affects bone growth. Standing at 3ft 5in tall, she is aware of the limitations of fashion design for other little people and has spent the past few years campaigning for inclusivity in design at all levels.

Her TED Talk, entitled Why design should include everyone has been viewed more than 1.2 million times and Sinéad is also a co-founder of the Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective, the first fashion trade association for people with disabilities.

Her continued advocacy for people with disabilities in the world of fashion has seen her featured in some of the biggest publications and events in fashion, including sitting front row at London Fashion Week and just this week, attending Central Saint Martins graduate show. She is also regularly invited to speak at fashion and educational institutes around the world about her experiences with inclusive fashion, and how the industry can improve design for others.

Congratulations Sinéad!

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