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.”