I’m Barbie! I am 30 years old. When I was fourteen, I was in a car accident resulting in a complete spinal cord injury at T4/T3 level. My life changed in a matter of seconds. Doctors said I would never walk again. My love of sports and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player vanished.… Read the rest
Sarah Davis is a 28-year-old artist who is able to capture beauty from within and bring it to life through her drawings and paintings. When she was two-years-old, Sarah and her family were in a propane explosion. Sarah had been thrown, knocked unconscious, and buried in the debris. It took firefighters two hours to find her, and, as a result of the accident, Sarah suffers from organic brain damage.… Read the rest
Growing up, I didn’t think certain things were possible because of my difference, until I saw someone like me showing me how to do it and what it looked like. Now, I get to show other women what it’s like to embrace their differences, their uniqueness. I get to show women that your identity is not based on how you look, what you do, or how successful you are.… Read the rest
I feel that I have embraced the concept of Bold Beauty by not automatically accepting the first impression people give of me. I was very lucky as a child to be naturally outgoing and smart. So I think it surprised people when I wanted to be physically independent as well. I had my first surgery before I was three-years-old and had 17 in total by the time I was 21.… Read the rest
My name is Mary Abigail “Bundle of Joy”, “Healed of God” Kiely. My Dad named me when he and my Mom brought me home from the hospital. I was 22 months old. You see, before God brought Dad and Mom to me, I didn’t have a home. The doctors told Dad and Mom I would not live to my second birthday, to take me home and love me. … Read the rest
Cristina White-Jones (Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis) writes:
“I’m a full-time artist and private art teacher. My mother ran a gallery, so I grew up with artisans and their work. I’ve always felt the need to create.
“When I was 11 years old, I fell and broke my right hip. It started out as slipped capital femoral epiphysis with avascular necrosis.… Read the rest
Deb Lewin, Model for Bold Beauty Project Texas
“Born and raised in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, I also lived in Israel and South Africa, representing two countries in field hockey and squash. Political changes in Africa left me without a country. After ten stressful years, I became an American citizen, working as a videographer, paramedic, ropes challenge course instructor and Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer.… Read the rest
Oda Lisa Roberts’ statement about the Bold Beauty Project Texas:
“The Texas Bold Beauty Project is a wondrous thing by redefining the conception of disability. My hope is to assuage the poor perception of blindness by expounding upon the following meanings. For me, “bold” equals having the courage to be fully functioning within a visual scene.… Read the rest
Statement from Dená Cooper, Equine therapy student with the Bold Beauty Texas Project:
“I am 28 years old. I lived in Huntsville, but was born in Galveston because I was 12 weeks premature. I’ve lived in Austin six years.
In school, I did FFA. I showed chickens and got ninth place in Houston, and I got $3000!… Read the rest
Tanya Winters is a passionate 42-year-old woman living with Cerebral Palsy. She has a firecracker personality and a big heart. After earning a degree in Social Work, Tanya moved from Chicago to Austin where she discovered her inner disability advocate. Since then, she has built a solid career in disability advocacy, within which she encourages other people with disabilities to get involved in their community and speak out for what they believe in.… Read the rest