Martha Hunt: ‘I feel empowered by my scoliosis scars’

Martha Hunt got to discuss her insecurities with fellow scoliosis sufferer Princess Eugenie when she met the British royal last year (18).Model Martha might be known for her catwalk strut, but growing up, the American had to deal with having a curved s…

Martha Hunt got to discuss her insecurities with fellow scoliosis sufferer Princess Eugenie when she met the British royal last year (18).

Model Martha might be known for her catwalk strut, but growing up, the American had to deal with having a curved spine.

And like Eugenie, who proudly showed off her surgery scar in a back-bearing Peter Pilotto wedding dress when she wed Jack Brooksbank in October, Martha has also undergone surgery to correct the condition.

“I do feel empowered by my scars. I think they are a symbol of strength, all scars are beautiful and they tell a story, a very triumphant one, about oneself,” she smiled to Grazia magazine.

“It was very inspiring and made me so proud (seeing Eugenie). When I had the opportunity to meet her in London, over the summer, we discussed some of the insecurities we had as young women dealing with this illness, so seeing her wedding gown was so important because scoliosis was getting representation, because when we were younger, we didn’t hear anybody talking about it so openly.”

The Victoria’s Secret Angel began her fashion career after being discovered in her home state of North Carolina. She has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.

And while she loves talking about work, she’s also happy to be vocal about scoliosis.

“If we don’t talk about something then we won’t be able to ‘see’ it. And if we don’t see it, it almost doesn’t exist,” the 29-year-old sighed. “But scoliosis is a real issue and I want to keep the conversation going. (I hope) my story helps (others with the condition to) feel less lonely, but also to keep the faith that they will be able to accomplish their dreams.”

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Zac Posen shares new photo of Princess Eugenie in her second wedding dress

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s C…

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.

Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – the same venue in which her first cousin Prince Harry wed Meghan, Duchess of Sussex five months earlier.

For her nuptials, Eugenie donned an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto, before changing into a blush-pink design by Zac and his team.

“Every now and then you meet somebody who just knocks your socks off,” Zac began his Instagram post, next to an unseen photo of the pair together on her big day. “This last year I got to know a young lady who possessed natural elegance, a heart of gold and sophisticated humor. My studio and I had the honour (and the best time) collaborating with her on her special gown. Best of all she is dedicated to using her privilege to help our world and its people with her project @the_anti_slavery_collective. Happy Birthday! @princesseugenie.”

In an official post from Eugenie’s father The Duke of York’s Instagram account the day after the wedding, it was revealed Zac was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside when creating the stunning gown.

“The White Rose of York is subtly embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape,” the photo caption also read.

Eugenie accessorised the draped plisse silk dress with diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a wedding gift from her new husband, and a hair slide that belonged to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Princess Eugenie weds in elegant Peter Pilotto wedding gown

Princess Eugenie has chosen an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.The British royal, who is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, England on Frid…

Princess Eugenie has chosen an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

The British royal, who is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, England on Friday (12Oct18) morning, where she stepped out in a dress designed by Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.

Eugenie worked closely with the design duo on the long-sleeved ballgown, which features a corseted bodice, a full pleated skirt as well as a number of meaningful motifs.

“The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis,” a royal spokesperson explained in a statement. “The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home.”

Eugenie, 28, wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by The Queen, with the headpiece featuring brilliant and rose cut diamonds set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side, as well as diamond and emerald drop earrings which were gifted to her by Jack.

She completed her outfit with satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia and a bouquet comprised of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.

Eugenie’s sister and maid of honour, Princess Beatrice wore a blue outfit by Ralph and Russo and a hat by Sarah Cant, while their mother Sarah, Duchess of York chose an emerald green ensemble crafted by local Windsor company Emma Louise Design and carried a vintage Manolo Blahnik bag.

Jack, who was very emotional as his bride walked towards up the aisle, donned a traditional three-piece suit.

Other members of the royal family suitably dressed up to the nines, with The Queen choosing a pale blue suit and hat, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wowing in a fuchsia dress, and her sister-in-law, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex turning heads in a navy blue Givenchy coat dress.

Over 850 guests were in attendance at the wedding, including a number of A-listers. Naomi Campbell stepped out in a black and white dress with a feather trim along with matching fascinator, diamond jewellery and black gloves, while Kate Moss opted for a navy and white polka dot suit, which she complemented with a veiled headpiece.

Actress Liv Tyler looked lovely in a navy blue tailored suit, Pixie Geldof stood out in a bubblegum pink cape dress from Celine and Demi Moore was the epitome of elegance in a burgundy dress which she complemented with a coordinated fascinator and purse.

Robbie Williams suited up in a three-piece blue number and his wife Ayda Field dazzled in a light grey suit, with the couple’s six-year-old daughter Theodora acting as one of Eugenie’s bridesmaids in the ceremony. Other standout outfits included the tuxedo and top hat worn by Cara Delevingne, the floral print dress sported by Sofia Wellesley, the wife of singer James Blunt, and the baby pink ensemble donned by Holly Vallance.

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