Phillipa Margaret Brown “LadyHawke”
Phillipa Margaret Brown, more commonly known by her stage name “LadyHawke, ” is a New Zealand singer and songwriter. Phillipa has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, one of the reasons she believes she became so absorbed in music as a child. Phillipa was a member of various bands until she forged her own solo career in 2008. Naming herself “Ladyhawke” after a character played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1985 film by the same name, Phillipa has exploded on the New Zealand music scene. She won 6 awards at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards and continues to record music.
Lizzy Clark is a British actress who is most popular for her role in the TV movie Dustbin Baby. Both Lizzy and the fictional character she played, Poppy, have Asperger’s syndrome. Lizzy was the first actress with Asperger’s disease to play a character with the condition, causing her mother, Nicola, to start a campaign against actors “playing disabled.” Nicola’s campaign, “Don’t Play me, Pay me” sets up forums for mentally disabled actors and requests schools to encourage students with disabilities to act.
Heather is an American model who was born in Chicago in 1986. She became famous as a contestant of American’s Next Top Model, Cycle 9, where she finished as the fourth runner-up. On the show, Heather discussed having Asperger’s syndrome, a diagnosis she received at the age of 15. After the show, Heather had a talk show appearance on Good Morning America, an article in the New York Times, and was featured on the cover of Spectrum Magazine, a magazine for families and individuals who have autism. Heather continues to model.