Inspirational Women

Illamuse – The Paralympian Edition

Illamasqua was founded on the principles of fairness, individuality and creativity, so who better to reflect these values and become our Illamuse (or Illamuses!) this month than the inspiring athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic games?

ZAHRA NEMATI

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Zahra Nemati, flag bearer for Iran at the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony is one of the very few Paralympians to qualify for both the Paralympics AND the able-bodied Olympics.

Previously a black belt in Taekwondo, Zahra was introduced to archery after a life-changing car crash, which consequently left her with a spinal cord injury and the loss of both legs.

At the London 2012 Olympics, Zahra soon became the first and ONLY Iranian woman to win a gold medal.

DANIEL DIAS

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28-year-old Brazilian swimmer, Daniel Dias, has already racked up fifteen Paralympic medals, including ten gold. The end of Rio 2016 predicts Dias to have a total of twenty-four Paralympic medals.

Hoping to surpass his success of London 2012, Dias competes for a possible nine gold’s in the Rio games alone. All going well, Daniel Dias will be known as the most successful male Paralympian in history.

Often compared to Olympic legend Michael Phelps, Daniel says, “I’m very happy to be compared to such an amazing athlete, but I am Daniel Dias” and rightly so.

I’ve never been anywhere so naturally beautiful, with such friendly people, so I think Brazil will do a very good job of hosting the games

Jason Smyth, Ireland, Four Times Paralympic Athletics Champion

Tatyana McFadden

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 11: Tatyana McFadden of USA competes in the Women's 400m T54 Round 1 on day 4 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

After being born with Spina Bifida, Tatyana McFadden was abandoned in an orphanage by her mother.

Paralysed from the waist down, Tatyana walked on her hands for the first six years of her life due to the lack of funding the orphanage could offer for a wheelchair.

The Russian-born track and field athlete was adopted from the orphanage going on to become an eleven times Paralympic medallist for Team USA.

She is expected to showcase her skill and talent in this months games with a possible five or six gold medals to contribute to her already ever-successful Paralympic career.

Sarah Storey

sarah storeyTeam GB’s Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey switched from swimming to cycling in Beijing 2008 and has twenty-one Paralympic medals, from previous games.

Sarah’s 7th Paralympic games in Rio are set to see her become the most successful British Paralympian of all time. Following on from the overwhelming excellence of Team GB’s gold rush just a few weeks ago in the Olympic Games Sarah story made history on the opening day of the Rio Paralympics.

She is officially the most decorated British Paralympian of all time, stepping up to the podium to receive her 12th Paralympic gold medal. That’s some storey to tell!

Illamasqua was founded on the principles of fairness, individuality and creativity, so who better to reflect these values and become our Illamuse (or Illamuses!) this month than the inspiring athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic games?

According to the Olympic news, the Paralympic Games are now regarded as the world’s number one sporting event for encouraging positive societal change and social inclusion. Events like the Paralympics are always a reminder to stay humble, make the most of what you have, and most of all, don’t be afraid to embrace your true self.

With expression at the heart of Illamasqua, we inspire you to take pride in everything you are and all you aspire to become.

You are beauty.

 

Words by Jenna Day

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Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

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