"Hi Jane and all the guys at Alt Fashion Fest, I just wanted to continue my absolute awe of you guys that I
experienced at Liverpool Pride this past weekend. Seriously, you are completely inspirational, influential and
downright incredible. Everything you do and stand for is exactly what we need more of in the world - more colour,
more diversity, more give it to the man mentality, whilst still being respectable, and have an aura of decorum.
I want to compliment how you guys were at the festival, the kids loved how you all interacted with them, even when
not on stage, particularly with the snake... which I only got so close as to film.. Ha!
On a personal level, your message truly hit me, seeing the age of some of your members, and how proud they are to be who they are and who they choose to be, really touched my heart, which is why I said when I bumped into you en route to my car, that I had to walk away from the stage as I was getting emotional - I am a small youtuber, and started creating content 6 years ago for the exact same reason, to add my voice to the chorus of LGBTQ in hope that anyone who sees what I create, what I have to say, can gain something, learn something, feel something, to know that they are okay and are not alone. (*Cough* Youtube.com/JohnBirdMedia :-P) Your production is just that on a completely different level. And I just want to say... Bravo.
Every single one of you is a credit to yourselves and Alternative Fashion Fest as a group. Jane Bellis, you are an absolute shooting star for creating this group. And if ever in the future, I am able to help out in any way, please let me! Still holding back proud tears (I never used to be this much of an emotional wreck)"
Testimonials / What Others Say about Us
Hi Jane. First of all, well done ! The performances at Pride were fantastic ! One of the highlights
of the weekend for me. Yours and House of Suarez's second piece were really special. Very colourful, entertaining and eye-catching.
Your work however carries such an important message and I'm very impressed with your committment to it. I think what you're doing is brilliant. It's brave, committed, innovative. It's also very bloody good. You're breaking down barriers, asking questions and making people think. A dangerous thing in this day and age. How dare people think out of the box ! Well done to you !
I featured your company in my little video, a little more than everybody else. Simply because it deserved it. But to be honest, there's enough going on there for an entire video of its own.
You must continue with this work. It's so important. It's also very professional in its presentation. You have a good group or troupe there. Disciplined, tight, expressive. Aside of photography and writing, I did work for years as a professional actor, director, producer and even co-ran a Youth Teatre. So I do have some experience with these things. I know what's involved behind the scenes and I think you're doing exceptionally well.
You may have already seen the little video I did. If you didn't you can find it here on one of my Youtube channels.
Best of luck to you and your company members. Be brave. Keep doing what you're doing. It won't be easy because of course we're not allowed to be different or have a voice. That needs to change. All the best !"
"Words are banded around words like retard, mong, spaz... Madison has grown up knowing that those words are said about her sister and her friends. Reagan doesn't know these words. Maddi and I have protected her. I'm thick skinned, I'm a mother of a disabled child...the thick skin grows fast. Maddi however, is a sensitive soul, and isn't thick skinned. Words hurt. All of her life she has suffered at the vicious mouths of bullies the nasty comments, the looks given, the jokes made.
Maddi always has her sister in her sights...and always is on edge waiting, waiting to protect her sister from comments that inevitably come. Maddi takes them, and locks them inside - she takes the hurt so that her sister doesn't have to. Maddi is a clever girl who works hard in school, is singled out for being what they call a 'swot'-made to feel bad because she's clever and works hard!
Our first experience of AFF was a diversity fest in north wales...incredible bunch of people, Reagan even joined in. Second was Circo...and for the very first time outside of Foxfield school, Maddi didn't need one eye on her sister. Reagan was safe, and so was Maddi.
Watching the Sophie t shirts section of the AFF shows gives me goosebumps each time and I fill with tears. It's so powerful. Watching Maddi in that shows me how far she has come in such a short time. Being bullied is nothing to be ashamed of, but being a bully is...
Maddi is finding herself and her own style and she's gaining the confidence to do it and that's thanks to AFF family. My girls are both AFF models now....and for the first time Maddi is 'home' and for those of you who know Maddi well, know what I mean."