James Parr is a Melbourne based right below knee amputee, sharing his story, and lived experiences to champion inclusion and representation for the disabled community within mainstream media and fashion industries.
He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2019 which resulted in an amputation of his lower right leg.
James has used this experience to highlight the negative connotations and attachments surrounding disability as a force to create more representation in mainstream media to rewrite the narrative that having a disability is sad, to a new, more realistic narrative that people with a disability are seen as happy valuable members of society.
He also contributed written pieces and articles to Pedestrian TV, Mamamia, Esquire Magazine, Urban List and Harper’s Bazaar.
As a Queer, First Nations Triathlete, James has represented not only at Melbourne Fashion Week & Melbourne Fashion Festival, but too Australian Afterpay Fashion Week where he was also named a Changemaker in 2023 and included in a portfolio of visionaries by Jones Magazine for his work in the fashion industry.
His passion for disability advocation can be seen through his content creation and fast-growing modelling career, which has seen him feature in the likes of Vogue and GQ Australia.
Modelling for the likes of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, The Iconic, Myer and featuring in campaigns for Champion, Emporium Melbourne and a lululemon ambassador, James likes like challenge the concepts of masculine and femininity, thereby enriching the cultural conversation around identity.
James’ creative career is complemented by his work Education Support and Student Welfare, striving to set a positive example for the emerging generations of change makers, by aiding and working with them through disadvantages, trauma, learning difficulties and disabilities etc.