Featuring Bold Blind Beauty’s Own Abigail (Abby) B.
Happy Friday!! After months of blood, sweat, and tears today, I’m thrilled to finally have a sit down with the one and only Abigail B. If you’re new to the Bold Blind Beauty commUNITY Abigail came on the scene back in the fall of 2015 in a post titled “This Dazzling Dame Needs A Name.”
A lot has happened since the time of Abigail’s inception; she’s empowering blind and VI (vision impaired) women from all over to embrace their beauty and walk in confidence, connecting sighted and non-sighted communities to build awareness of blindness while eliminating stereotypes, last year she opened her online boutique Abigail Style, she graduated law school, became managing partner at a renowned law firm, took a much-needed hiatus during which she traveled the world on numerous adventures, and as a talented singer she even found time to perform in quite a few venues. In the interest of time, you can read more about her adventures in her About but right now let’s dive in and get to know a little more about this dynamic woman.
Thank you, Abigail, for allowing us the opportunity to get to know you a little better before you take on a more significant role here at Bold Blind Beauty. Can you share with us a little about your position within our commUNITY?
Please, call me Abby and sure, I’d be happy to talk about a few of my responsibilities. Since one of our goals are to change perceptions on how people who are blind are viewed I can think of no better way than walking the talk.
Through sharing some of my personal accomplishments and highlighting the achievements of my blind and VI sisters this will help to shift the conversation from what people think we “can’t do” to place the focus on what we “are doing.” I believe as a society we are making some strides in areas of accessibility and inclusion but where equity is concerned we still have a very long way to go.
In a way, it’s unfortunate that even in 2017 when many people meet a blind or vision impaired person the first comments made are typically about Helen Keller. The truth is yes, Helen Keller was an extraordinary advocate, suffragist, civil rights trailblazer, and political activist who was a voice for many. However, it should be noted that there are many exceptional blind people who are teachers, doctors, lawyers, dancers, astrophysicists, musicians, artists, authors, scientists, runners, cyclists, adventurers and the list goes on and on.
As you may have gathered I have a thing for advocacy and given my experiences working with Bold Blind Beauty will let me tap into my fashion sense. Extending advocacy into beauty and fashion made sense to me because there are still too few resources in this area for blind women.
Other tasks I’m really looking forward to are working directly with this commUNITY by presenting content focused on tips and techniques of style and fashion, with an emphasis on vision impairment style. I’m eager to begin getting to know and building relationships with the commUNITY.
After serving in such a pretty significant position at your previous company how will this new post fulfill your drive?
Becoming involved with and growing this commUNITY will provide a different sort of stimulus whereby I can see the technological innovation that will energize and quite frankly be fun for all of us. Using unlimited imagination to design inclusive products and services for blind and VI people will benefit everyone because when we, to the best of our ability, design at the outset from an inclusive perspective no one is excluded.
Take for example my braille picture included with this post and created by Robert Eutz, a friend of mine, a number of artists or designers create their works in various tactile formats so that blind and VI people can experience the beauty of their art. The thing is, these works of art are also appreciated by people with sight so it’s a win-win.
Also, I think it will be a real hoot attending then reporting back my findings from the upcoming 2018 fashion shows in the fashion capitals of the world. I love to travel so this piece will appeal to my globe-trotting nature. Who knows? Perhaps a book or two may be in my future?
What is your must-have item of clothing or accessory?
That’s easy. Shoes, and more specifically heels. Scratch that. There’s two things, heels and a blinged out white cane. With a great pair of shoes, you can go anywhere. I recently saw a Christian Louboutin quote that I may have to adopt as my personal motto. It went something like this:
I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say, ‘Oh my God! That looks so comfortable!’
The only time you’ll see me in anything other than heels is when I’m hiking, running, cycling, boating or any kind of sporting activity only because it just wouldn’t be practical.
Okay, Abby, I get that you’re a little mysterious but there’s one thing I simply must know. Can you tell us what the B. of your last name represents?
Hahaha!! If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that question… Nah, I cannot divulge that information, at least not now. Perhaps down the road, we’ll have to see.
Awe, it was worth a try folks. Abby, thank you for joining us today and we look forward to you sharing your insight from a fashion and beauty viewpoint.
To close out today’s interview I leave you with an upbeat song from Jess Glynne. Enjoy, have a fabulous weekend and when you have a spare moment check out Abigail’s boutique!!