Alton Towers amputee Leah Washington, 21, dazzles for In The Style

Alton Towers amputee Leah Washington unveils her first modelling campaign as she joins Emily Atack to pose for In The Style

  • Leah Washington, 21, features in a new body positivity campaign for In The Style
  • The Alton Towers crash amputee dazzles in a white button-down mini dress 
  • She stars alongside British actress Emily Atack as the face of the campaign 
  • Leah was one of five people who was seriously injured in the 2015 accident 
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Alton Towers amputee Leah Washington has been unveiled as one of the stars of a new fashion campaign, alongside I’m A Celebrity star Emily Atack.  

Leah, 21, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire – who was one of five people seriously injured in the Smiler crash in 2015 – stars in a new body positivity campaign for online retailer In The Style.

The amputee from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, shared a photo from the campaign alongside British actress Emily Atack who is best known for The InBetweeners and ITV’s I’m A Celebrity on Instagram with her 17,000 followers.

Leah, who wears a £60,000 prosthetic leg, wrote: ‘Such an amazing experience to work with @inthestyle and @emilyatackofficial! ❤️ so overwhelmed to even be asked by the brand and the collection looks like it’s going to be amazing.

‘So proud that In The Style has decided to work with non stereotypical models and also banning air brushing to show off real girls.’ 

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Alton Towers amputee Leah Washington, 21, (pictured right) features in a new body positivity campaign alongside British actress Emily Attack (pictured second from left) for In The Style


Leah shared a photo from the campaign on Instagram with her 17,000 followers and confessed she was overwhelmed by the experience 

Many social media users have been quick to praise Leah’s appearance and the brand for their choice of casting. 

A flood of responses to the post commented to show how proud they are of Leah’s achievement.

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One person said: ‘Leah you are one amazing beautiful lady, well done and well done to In The Style.’

Another added: ‘Love, love, love it. I think they asked you because you’re gorgeous and a lovely person with it – just saying.’








A stream of responses to Leah’s post praised the brand for choosing her and expressed how proud they are of the campaign 

Leah dazzles in the campaign wearing a white mini dress with flat white sandals. 

She has been in a relationship with fellow Alton Towers victim Joe Pugh for the past thee years. 

The pair had been dating for just six weeks at the time of the accident. 

Leah’s prosthetic leg contains a microprocessor knee and will need replacing multiple times throughout her lifetime, costing hundreds of thousands. 

She has had her medical bills covered by the theme park’s owner’s Merlin Attractions to date, and has also submitted a substantial compensation claim. 


Leah (pictured left) now wears a £60,000 prosthetic leg since losing part of her leg while riding Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster in 2015


Leah (pictured right) models an Emily Attack mini dress for In The Style paired with white sandals for a glamorous look

What happened during the Alton Towers Smiler crash?

On June 2, 2015, visitors were removed from the Alton Towers Smiler ride after a warning light indicated a fault.

Staff sent a test train around the track, but it didn’t make it around. Due to a breakdown in communication, staff did not realise this carrigage was still sitting on the track.

Passengers were let back on but as the first carriage made its way around, the computer system stopped it because it showed something was blocking the track.

Engineers were still not aware that there was a fifth carriage sitting on the track and overrode a fault which had been detected by the computer system, sending the ride crashing into an empty carriage with the force of a ’90mph car crash’.

At least 16 were injured and five people were seriously hurt. 

Leah Washington from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and Vicky Balch from Leyland, Lancashire, were both forced to undergo leg amputations as a result of the horror crash.


The Smiler at Alton Park, where 16 people were injured in a 2015 collision (file picture). An investigation found that a computer block stopping the ride because of a stationary car on the track had been over-ridden by staff, causing the crash

Joe Pugh, also from Barnsley, and Daniel Thorpe, 28, from Buxton, Derbyshire, also suffered serious leg injuries, along with 49-year-old Chandaben Chauhan.

The trapped ride-goers had to wait more than four hours to be freed from the crumpled carriage while rescue workers battled to reach them as they sat 25ft up in the air at an angle of about 45 degrees, pinned in by the mangled metal. 

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