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Kelly Knox (born 1984)[1] is a British fashion model.

Kelly Knox
ResidenceEnfield, London
Years active2008–present
Known forBritain's Missing Top Model winner
Modelling information
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair colourBlonde
Eye colourBlue
AgencyMiLK Management


Early lifeEdit

Kelly Knox was born in Enfield, North London and raised in both Enfield and Poplar, East London. She was born without a left forearm but, from the age of seven, refused to wear a prosthetic arm and since then has never used a prosthesis.[1]


In 2008, she was the winner of the BBC Three Reality TV show, Britain's Missing Top Model.[2][3] One of eight disabled women contestants, among her competitors were two deaf women, a wheelchair user and a woman with one leg. As the winner of Britain's Missing Top Model,[4] she won a photoshoot with top fashion photographer, Rankin, and a feature in Marie Claire magazine.[5][6] Unlike Britain's Next Top Model, a modelling contract was not part of the prize, but she was offered an introduction to Take 2 Models (London)[7][8] who signed her after the show but shortly after went into administration.

Knox has featured in two series of Gok Wan's How to Look Good Naked[9] television series. She has also appeared on television in Celebrity Ready Steady Cook with Jonathan Phang, and has modelled and been interviewed on This Morning and BBC Breakfast.

She has modelled in catwalk shows such as London Fashion Week, and walked in the 'Trends for 2013 Fashion Show' for Procter & Gamble Beauty 'Vision House' in Beijing.[10] She has featured in advertising campaigns for VO5 and Samsung. Knox continued to break fashion barriers in 'Tenk Nytt' or 'Think New' advertising campaign for Oslo City.[11] In April 2013, it was announced that Knox would feature in the latest campaign for high-street store Debenhams,[12][13] the first high street chain to use disabled models in its campaigns.[14] Knox's photo was featured in British Vogue magazine in April 2013. The imagery supposedly "celebrates diversity in the retail sector".[15]

Knox was interviewed by Lou Stoppard at Nick Knight's as part of their Prosthetics: Conversations, talking about the fashion industry's treatment of diverse bodies and her decision not to wear a prosthetic arm.[16] Other newspaper articles include: The Daily Mail,[17] The Sun, The Sunday Times, and The New York Post.[18] Magazines include: Marie Claire UK (2008),[19] a cover for Diva (2010)[20] and Marie Claire China (2013).[21]

She has worked in the UK, United States, Germany, China, Norway and Pakistan.[22] Knox starred as a lead actress in 2013 in the second series of Channel 4's hidden camera series I'm Spazticus, that seeks to change perceptions of disabilities.[23][24] As part of the London College of Fashion's Better Lives Seminar on 10 March 2014, she spoke about "Ableism in Fashion". [25]

On three occasions (2014, 2016 and 2017), Knox was voted one of the top 100 most influential people with a disability by the Shaw Trust and listed in the Power 100.[26]

Knox was interviewed for Australian disability magazine Link, for their October 2014 issue.[27] Knox shot for exclusive Parisian Fashion brand Yperlab in October 2014.[28]

Knox featured in Fabulous Magazine, Feb 2016[29] In early 2016 she co-founded the Diversity Not Disability campaign to promote equal opportunities for models with disabilities.[30]

In 2016 Knox was shortlisted for Celebrity of The Year at The National Diversity Awards.[31] In September 2016, she walked on Carrie Hammer's runway as part of New York Fashion Week.[32]

In September 2016, Knox was signed to a major agency - MiLK Management. In 2018, Knox fronted a modelling campaign for Primark.


In 2008, Knox launched a charity auction of celebrity shoes to raise money for landmine victims in aid of the Mines Advisory Group.[33] She also worked with youth and education charity Raleigh.[34] In 2013, Knox became an ambassador for Reach Charity, the association for children with upper limb deficiency.[35]

In 2013, Knox presented a short video for United Response creative disability project 'Postcards from the Edges', to encourage other people affected by disability to create a postcard of their own to express what is important to them.[36][37]

Knox is an ambassador (2016) for Parallel London and Disability Confident.[38]


  1. ^ a b "Celebrity Profile – Kelly Knox". Accessible News. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Britain's Missing Top Model: Kelly Knox". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Model born with half an arm wins contest". Daily Telegraph. Jessica Salter. 30 July 2008.
  4. ^ London Evening Standard. "Enfield girl named top disabled model"
  5. ^ And our winner is.. Marie Claire
  6. ^ Kelly Knox wins Britain's Missing Top Model. Now Magazine[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Stunning model triumphs over disability Metro
  8. ^ Take2 Model Management signs Kelly Knox. BBC Three
  9. ^ Gok Wan's How to Look Good Naked ... With a Difference is a move in the right direction The Guardian
  10. ^ Kelly Knox
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ London, Bianca (5 April 2013). "Meet the stars of the new Debenhams campaign". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  13. ^ "The new shape of high street fashion". London Evening Standard. 5 April 2013
  14. ^ The Sun
  15. ^ "Vogue Magazine". Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  16. ^
  17. ^ 'Don't call me disabled! How Kelly Knox became a top model despite being born with half an arm'. Daily Mail
  18. ^ Model Mayhem
  19. ^ Marie Claire
  20. ^ Kelly Knox stars in DIVA's sex issue. Archived 31 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ Nadia Malik and Kelly Knox heading to PFW3, The Asians. Retrieved 6 October 2012
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Arm stunt left postie in tears". The Sun. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  25. ^
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2019.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ Ellen Wallwork (24 February 2016). "Kelly Knox: The Model Championing Body Confidence For People With Disabilities". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  31. ^ National Diversity Awards Shortlist
  32. ^ [1]
  33. ^ Kelly Knox launches Charity auction. Marie Claire Archived 5 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ "Kelly Knox, winner of Britain's Missing Top Model, announces involvement with Raleigh" Archived 5 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Raleigh International.
  35. ^ Reach Charity Archived 16 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ Postcards from the Edges from Model Kelly Knox Archived 5 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  37. ^ 'The art of being different: combating stereotypes of disability', Frances Ryan, The Guardian
  38. ^ "About".

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