"Representation on the runway is crucial when it comes to fostering an inclusive industry where everyone feels accepted and welcome. No matter what your size, shape, color, or story — fashion is for everybody — and that's exactly what Toronto-based designer Lesley Hampton aimed to convey with her Fall 2017 BEBODYAWARE showing at Vancouver Fashion Week."


Fashion magazine: Fashion

Boston Bombing Survivor Appears at Vancouver Fashion Week

"At Vancouver Fashion Week on Friday, Toronto designer Lesley Hampton made a statement with her choice of runway models as well her FW17 eveningwear. Professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her lower left leg in 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing, opened the show, followed by models of varied shapes and sizes. Hampton partnered with the Be Body Aware Project, and its founder, model Tia Duffy was on hand to introduce the presentation."


fox news: lifestyle - fitness and well-being

Boston Marathon survivor walks with prosthetic leg at Vancouver Fashion Week

"Haslet, a former dance instructor who became an advocate for amputees after her injury, wrote on her Instagram page that it was an “honor to open and close the show for Canadian designer Lesley Hampton at Vancouver Fashion Week.” To help empower other amputees, Hampton partnered with the Be Body Aware project to help promote more inclusivity on the catwalk, according to a news release. In addition to casting Haslet, Hampton sought models with all different shapes and sizes for her show."


today: style

Boston Marathon bombing survivor walks in fashion show with prosthetic leg

"Haslet, a former dance instructor who became an advocate for amputees after her injury, wrote on her Instagram page that it was an “honor to open and close the show for Canadian designer Lesley Hampton at Vancouver Fashion Week.” Hampton, a young designer based in Toronto, has long been an advocate for inclusivity in fashion — she's also been praised for sending plus-size models down the runway in her shows. "My brand is really about body diversity and bringing different bodies to the runway," Hampton told TODAY Style."


cbc news: our vancouver

Lesley Hampton expands definition of beauty in fashion

"When she was a child, Lesley Hampton thought the models on Fashion Television were too thin. Now, as a young Toronto fashion designer, she wants to change that image of the typical model. As part of that, she's included amputee Adrianne Haslet on her runway during Vancouver Fashion Week. Haslet, a professional ballroom dancer, lost her left leg below her knee during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Since then, she has be able to walk again, thanks to a prosthetic limb."


self magazine: Beauty

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Adrianne Haslet Walked in Vancouver Fashion Week

"After losing her leg during the 2013 Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet is still staying strong and smashing her goals. Last spring, she returned to the Boston Marathon for the first time and completed the race in ten hours. And now she's striding down the runway. During Vancouver Fashion Week, Haslet traded her sneakers for high heels as she opened and closed the fashion show for Canadian designer Lesley Hampton."


daily mail online: femail

Warrior woman: Boston Marathon bombing survivor who lost a leg in the 2013 terror attack puts on a stylish show as she struts her stuff as a model at Vancouver Fashion Week

"A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who tragically lost a leg in the terror attack certainly hasn't let her misfortune slow her down. Just three years later, in 2016, Adrianne Haslet was at the race again, this time crossing the finish line after running ten hours on a prosthetic. And this weekend, she completed another course — though this one was much shorter and slower. The 36-year-old strapped on a single heel and slipped into a designer dress to walk the runway for Lesley Hampton at Vancouver Fashion Week."


yahoo!: style

Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet walks the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week

"Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet strutted the runway in a high-tech prosthetic leg as she opened and closed for Canadian designer Lesley Hampton during Vancouver Fashion Week, as part of the #BeBodyAware Fall/Winter 2017 runway show on March 24."


irish mirror: Female fashion

Irish model Tia Duffy just one of three plus size women to walk in Toronto Women's Fashion Week

"An Irish model who’s felt too big and too thin is now on a mission to make fashion more diverse and help people to embrace their bodies. Dubliner Tia Duffy admits she received stinging comments in the past about her figure but has had the last laugh as she was one of just three plus-size models who got to walk in prestigious Toronto Women's Fashion Week earlier this month."


nine news australia: 9style - FAshion

Bombing survivor takes to the runway

"Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet stole the show with her brave walk down the runway for Canadian designer Lesley Hampton at Vancouver Fashion Week.
With her amputated leg proudly on display, Adrianne joined Irish plus -size model Tia Duffy in a glitzy show celebrating diversity."

a plus: fashion and beauty

This Boston Bombing Survivor Walked The Runway To Make A Statement About Overcoming Adversity

"Lesley Hampton made an empowering body positive statement at Vancouver Fashion Week. The inclusive fashion designer selected Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet to open her latest #BEBODYAWARE Fall/Winter 2017 runway show. The body positive message continued with models of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds walking in the show. Other models included Irish plus-size model and Be Body Aware Project founder Tia Duffy."


cbc news: british columbia

Bomb survivor walks runway for Vancouver Fashion Week

"A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing said the event has not stopped her from living life to the fullest — even flying to Vancouver to be part of a Fashion Week show celebrating body diversity."


cbc radio: early edition

Bombing survivor walks the runway for Vancouver Fashion Week

"Professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, is walking in a show that celebrates body diversity."


Toronto guardian: Arts

Lesley Hampton Fall/Winter 2017 Collections Scream Red Carpet Glam

"One designer that is receiving a lot of attention is Lesley Hampton. Although she only launched her line in 2016, at Fashion Art Toronto, the work of this Toronto designer has already been featured in Elle, Vogue, and Glamour. Following in the footsteps of the great couture houses, and the intricately designed patterns of Powwow regalia, Hampton’s gowns scream full on, red carpet glam."


fashion savage

RECAP: Lesley Hampton Fall/Winter 2017

"To further promote this message, Hampton collaborated with the Be Body Aware™ Project – a global education/fashion initiative – to bring a diverse range of models to the runway, and encourage body empowerment. Of the decision to diverge from a traditional cast of models, the designer says she wanted to “present a future of fashion that includes full-bodied figures and individuals of any shape or size… helping [all women] gain confidence and overcome adversity in society.”"


she canada: FAshion

Toronto Women’s Fashion Week Review

"Lesley Hampton’s collection paid tribute to the First Nations and her dresses were chic in unique prints that came in a variety of lengths for all kinds of body types."


Cuts the mag: Editorial feature


"Amongst the elite Designers walking across the VFW runway, Toronto’s own Lesley Hampton will be premiering her newest collection for a packed venue. Lucky for us, we were invited to view the Look Book for the newest magic and we are excited to share them with you."


designer swap: FASHION NEWS


"Drawing inspiration from her First Nation’s heritage, Hampton’s collection was a display of black, white, golden and earth tones. Intricate geometric designs, flowing, sheer fabrics and gorgeous brocade made each unique piece extremely eye-catching. Glittering and metallic finishes the fabrics of many looks caught the light beautifully, much like the soft glow of the golden hour."


Fashion Ecstasy: womenswear

Lesley Hampton Fall Winter 2017-Toronto Women’s Fashion Week

"Lesley Hampton showed her Fall/Winter 2017 evening wear collection entitled “THE GOLDEN HOUR” at the first Toronto Women’s Fashion Week (TWFW17). The collection, inspired by Hampton‘s First Nations background, combined unique patterns with body flattering contours. It was a pleasure to see models on the runway of various physiques, reflecting body diversity. There was a good mix of cocktail and gown length dresses."

View the vibe Magazine: Fashion and beauty

Scene & Heard Special Edition: Toronto Women’s Fashion Week

"Body diversity meets TWFW
Juice Factor: 8/10

Can we get a hell yeah? All bodies were bangin’ bodies on Lesley Hampton’s runway. The womenswear designer premiered her collection, The Golden Hour, last weekend and chose to feature models of all different shapes and sizes, setting the pace for designers to come. Inspired by the First Nation belief that dreaming is a way to connect with the inner self and provide personal guidance, Hampton teamed up with Be Body Aware to promote self-confidence and body empowerment, showing that garments can give said confidence. And confident the models did look in their sequinned mesh, Marni scuba knit, and embroidered lace."