Be(you)tiful

Facebook at times has the tendency to suck us away from our lives and have very negative effects, but I try to keep my feed full of positivity, information, and close friends. Tonight as I was scrolling through I noticed an article about a YouTuber who does mainly. Her name is Jordan, and as I read her story, I realized that she and I have a lot in common.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a make-p addict. The bag that I keep my lipstick in is bursting at the seams, I have three different kinds of mascara for different occasions, and enough eyeshadow to create a recreation of Starry Night. I feel naked if I go outwithout anything on at all. I do makeup for a few reasons.

  1. It’s fun
  2.  It makes me feel good about how I look
  3. It makes me feel accomplished and independent

It turns out that Jordan is tetroplegic. She can’t move her hands at all, and is confined to a wheelchair because of an accident. She makes her make-up tutorials anyway, and achieves stunning looks even with her hands that many might call useless. Like Jordan,, make-up was a huge frustration for me at first. I have no usable vision in my left eye, and the vision that I do have in my right eye is limited by any standard. Over time and with practice, I began to get better at doing it and I started to love the routine. It was something so simple and yet for me it was a challenge. Despite that fact, my make-up most days was pretty “on-point”, as the kids say these days. My point in this is not that you should start doing your make-up. My point is, don’t let anything stop you from making yourself feel beautiful and fulfilled. I remember my Mom saying something to me once; it went like “You can always regret quitting, but you’ll never regret trying.” At the time I was young, and thick-headed and didn’t listen to her advice as well as I should have. However, now I am older and wiser and I’m telling you this is a golden nugget of Mom advice. When they told you you could be anything you want, they lied. They SHOULD have said you can be anything you work hard enough at.

Everyone has some beautiful and some ugly inside of them. Which shines through depends on what you choose to nurture. As for myself, I try to be the most beautiful me that I can.

What about you?

Watch Jordan’s video below:

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How We Roll

This week, anyone who was exposed to any kind of media probably heard that Hollywood’s teen glamour queen Kylie Jenner got slammed for her recent magazine cover. I didn’t really care for her to begin with after I found out that she probably spends thousands of dollars per day on her beauty routine. Nevertheless, the magazine cover was drowning in poor taste. Kylie posed provocatively in a fancy (probably extremely expensive) wheelchair to symbolize her “disabilities as a celebrity”.

Need I discuss the absurdity?

As you might expect, the response was swift and appropriate with legitimately impaired women all over the world posting photos of their wheelchair that they have to use every day, not just for a glitzy photo shoot.

The good news? Tons of media attention has been brought to the lack of representation that we in the disability community receive from the fashion industry.

Just a few months ago during New York Fashion week differently-abled models like Leslie peoples and Rebekah Marine shined brightly and showed just how much our culture is changing. I can’t wait to see blind and visually impaired models getting this kind of spotlight too.11264744_132363267113724_819470995_nrebekha-marine-3-435