Autistic boy banned from school photo shoot is now a model for H&M


A boy who was not allowed to be in his school photo because he had anger issues as a result of his autism is now a professional model. Alfie Aldridge, 11, has featured in adverts for H&M, River Island and Land Rover so far and his new job is helping him control his behavioural problems. Things at his old school got so bad at one point he was banned from several school activities, including participating in plays. Alfie Aldridge, 11 from Letchworth, Hertfordshire (Picture: SWNS) He was eventually transferred to the specialist Larwood School, in Stevenage, after he was found to have high-functioning autism. His dad Gary Aldridge, 50, had struggled to get him to engage with other children and had ‘no hope’ until a family friend suggested Alfie would make a great model. Zebedee Management, which exclusively deals with disabled children, snapped him up and he hasn’t looked back since. MORE: Pensioner choked to death on cake ‘after being given the wrong food by hospital staff’ Alfie Aldridge with his dad Gary Aldridge (Picture: SWNS) Alfie models for several companies, including H&M and River Island (Picture: SWNS) The modelling is helping Alfie control his anger issues (Picture: SWNS) Mr Aldridge, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, said: ‘I want people to know disabilities can’t stop your dreams. ‘Since starting modelling he just seems different. It was like he was born to do it. ‘It’s helped him to come out of himself. From a boy that was angry all the time he is now so confident. It’s just fabulous.’ MORE: Brexit is giving people an ‘erotic spasm’, according to Vince Cable Alfie Aldridge is a natural when it comes to modelling (Picture: SWNS) Another snap of the young model (Picture: SWNS) Alfie will be walking the catwalk in December (Picture: SWNS) (Picture: SWNS) (Picture: SWNS) (Picture: SWNS) Alfie and his dad Gary Picture: SWNS) Alfie is also pleased with his new career as a model and will be making his catwalk debut in December. He added: ‘I am very excited about my modelling and I want to be a top model when I am older. ‘When I go in for a shoot they do my hair and makeup and it makes me feel like a celebrity. ‘I talk to my friends about it at school and they say it’s really cool.’ Mr Aldridge, who has two other children and is separated from Alfie’s mum, said his son still found it difficult interacting other children but he was no longer getting aggressive.

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