Beauty is diverse, but it’s no secret that the way society and the media portray beauty ideals is pretty limited. One of those limitation involves women with physical disabilities.
The Raw Beauty Project of NYC is a new campaign that is reminding the world just how beautiful women with physical disabilities, specifically women in wheelchairs, can be. With photographs of 20 different women with unique disabilities, the project hopes to help people “create new perceptions, transform stereotypes and breakthrough personal obstacles by expanding awareness of women with physical challenges.” It’s also raising money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
It’s an amazing campaign, and is giving awesome visibility to some very badass women with disabilities. As some of the women in the video below note, women with disabilities are very rarely portrayed as beautiful or sensual, and even when they’re perceived as pretty there’s always a footnote comment “pretty … for a girl in a wheelchair.” But this project is hoping to remind people, that exclusion and those prejudices should be things of the past.
The women featured, aren’t just beautiful. They are strong, and their confidence is inspirational. Hopefully, these photos and the entire project will make an impact in the much needed shift in our perceptions of people with these kinds of physical disabilities. See for yourself by browsing the gorgeous photos on the project’s site.
Reprinted with permission from Styleite.