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Wheelchair-user becomes first disabled model to star in major High Street campaign

Published: February 26, 2010

Debenhams today became the first High Street retailer to use a disabled model in its advertising campaigns.

Shannon Murray, who is confined to a wheelchair, took part in a photo shoot for the department store last week.

The actress and model, 32, revealed the news on her blog: ‘I’ve been modelling for over 14 years but this was different,’ she wrote.

‘It is a first and as I was getting ready in hair and make-up, the potential of this shoot suddenly struck me – another small step towards inclusion and representation.

‘I hope the images challenge a few misconceptions about disability; it’s been a long time coming.’