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Nigel Barker on fashion's struggle

FashionBy Sunday World
Nigel Barker on fashion's struggle

Nigel Barker doesn't let a "struggle" stop him from making a difference.

The fashion photographer and former model has been a firm fixture in the world of style for several decades, transitioning from in front of to behind the camera in the late 90s.

Having shot for so many big names, such as Ted Baker and Tatler, Nigel has seen all types of beauty grace his lens. And it was his Sri Lankan former-model mother who helped him keep an open mind.

"Of course, if you think about the 60s and the 70s, there were very few people of ethnicities, of colour, modelling and in pictures and in advertising. So that was a very tough time," he told Huff Post Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani.

"She [my mum] made me realise that if you push through and you struggle and you don't take 'no' for an answer, that you can make a difference."

He believes the definition of beauty shouldn't be "whitewashed" or fit a certain frame. Instead he believes people should break the stereotypes in order to make an impact.

Nigel is raising his children Jack and Jasmine, who he has with his wife Cristen Chin, to be free from bias and gender expectations. This all begins with various household antics.

"I bring my son into the kitchen with me and my wife and my daughter and we all cook together," he added. "We all do everything together and there is no you get this and you get that. You're blue and you're pink. You know, you get the cars and you get the dolls."

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