Oxford egyptologist fronts fashion campaign for Kitsungi
AN EGYPTOLOGIST, who almost lost her life to a blood infection in 2015, is now the star in latest campaign from disability-conscious clothing company Kintsugi.
Oxford University professor Elizabeth Frood posed for the striking photographs at St Cross College, where she holds her fellowship, four years after she suffered multiple organ failure as a result of the infection, lost hearing in one ear, much of the functionality of her hands and had to have her nose entirely reconstructed .
She now wears prosthetic legs and is an ambulatory wheelchair user.
Ms Frood remembers that at the time she thought she had just a stomach bug.
But against the odds, the professor pulled through although she describes coming to terms with her injuries, her 'new normal', as an ongoing grieving process.
Speaking about her collaboration with Kitsungi, Ms Frood commented: "I used to love clothes, but after my illness they became nothing but a struggle and another area of grudging compromise.
"Discovering a company which is designing lovely clothes with bodies like mine in mind makes me so happy."
Kintsugi's founder, 32-year-old Emma McClelland from Manchester praised Ms Frood for her 'honesty, poise, sense of humour and unique style' and added that that is what made her such a good fit for the brand.
She commented: "The photoshoot in Oxford has been one of the biggest highlights of running the business so far.
"Elizabeth was a natural.
"I have had comments from people asking which agency she came from – which she will find funny, but it is true."
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