The Raw Beauty Project: Embracing Unstoppable Women (IMAGES)

After its landmark debut in New York in 2014, The Raw Beauty Project, an innovative photography exhibit that celebrates women with disabilities, will have a one-night benefit exhibition showing at Paul Mitchell: The School located at 825 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101, beginning at 7:00PM on September 17, 2016. Tickets for the benefit reception, which includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, start at $40 with a $100 VIP package and can be purchased here. The goal of this evolving, traveling exhibit is to redefine perceptions of beauty, educate audiences, and…

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Teen Petitions for Plus Size Princess

Jewel Moore is an amazing seventeen-year-old girl from Farmville, Virginia with an interesting request for Disney: create a princess with some curves. Through her online petition, Moore hopes to gain enough attention so that Disney will take notice. So far the petition has 27,000 signatures and rising, while there still is no response from Disney on the suggestion. Moore’s argument has a solid case in my opinion. With the introduction of the first African American princess Tiana in the Princess and the Frog in 2009 and 2012’s Brave which depicted…

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Employee with Asperger’s Humiliated by Customer

Chris Tuttle, a 28 year old man who has Asperger’s syndrome, was humiliated by a customer at the Wegamns he works at. The customer berated Tuttle for not scanning his items fast enough and even complained to a manager while Chris was visibly upset with tears running down his face. After hearing Chris’ story, his sister Jamie reached out to her friends on Facebook about the situation in hopes that they would help build up his spirits. Little did Jamie know, the story would become an internet sensation. By the…

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Tourism officials arrange for boy with prosthetic legs to swim with dolphin with prosthetic tail

This is such a wonderful, heartwarming story! I bawled my eyes out when I saw the pictures and watched the video! Cieran Kelso got to meet one of his idols – an idol you wouldn’t expect! Just a few weeks ago, Cieran sat quietly and gently stroked Winter, a dolphin, while a trainer put a prosthetic tail over the dolphin’s stump and secured it with a strap. Local tourism officials had flown Cieran and his family from England to Florida to surprise him with a visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium…

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Suit Urself: Body image, fashion and disabilities

Last week, we posted an article called “Are we leaving men out?” in regards to body image. I want to talk about another huge demographic that is basically invisible when it comes to body image, much less media and advertisement. Let’s discuss disabilities. People with disabilities are dehumanized in our culture. People with disabilities are America’s largest minority population, yet the only model of disability is a medical one. Entire industries serve the medical needs of people with disabilities. Durable medical goods are produced to meet their medical needs, pharmaceutical industries…

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