Girl, 8, Defies the Odds to Become Model Despite Suffering from Cerebral Palsy

Girl, 8, Defies the Odds to Become Model Despite Suffering from Cerebral Palsy

By Felicity Thistlewaite

Emily Prior, 8, has made her first foray into modelling – despite being disabled.

The youngster was born three months early and her parents Jen and Luke Prior – now 40 and 43 – were told she was unlikely to survive the night.

She pulled through but medics in Perth, Australia, warned her family she may not be able to walk.

Brave Emily soldiered on, determined not to let her disability get to her, and took her first independent steps earlier this year.

Just months later she was signed up to a modelling agency.

She was prompted to become a model after flicking through a catalogue with her mother and asking: “Mummy, why are none of the models in here disabled like me?”

Speaking about her brave daughter, her mother Jen said: “I never tire of seeing Emily walk. At the moment, she can walk about 500m without the aid of her sticks, but she’s getting stronger all the time.

“I always kept hope but I never really thought walking would be possible for her. I have to pinch myself when I think about how far she’s exceeded anything we could have imagined.”

Read the full story.

Rate this post


The Cerebral Palsy Survival Guide is a free, state-specific resource list for everything from everyday activities to emergency situations.


Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive the latest in CP news, resources and


Camp Smiles – One Year Later!

By Anita Howell Watch more CPFN TV One year, dozens of hurdles, a couple of panic attacks, a few doubts and thousand of smiles later, we have an amazing annual…

Read more

Why I View My Cerebral Palsy as a Blessing

By Ashley Mohesky Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that prevents the brain from communicating to the muscles. There are different types of cerebral palsy, but everyone with the…

Read more