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Christina Holtz | Blind Beauty Issue #20

Blind Beauty, the mock fashion magazine cover, is the featured image. Christina's 1000 watt smile lights up the photo.  Complete description is in the body of the post.

You don’t look blind” is something I still hear from people far too often.” ~Christina Holtz

Christina Holtz is a wife, mom, and Assistant Director at the Center for Independent Living. She has also shared other words of wisdom here on Bold Blind Beauty in Blind Beauty Issue #3 and Eyesight, Judgement & Independence.

Lots of people all over the world still believe this misconception that to be visually impaired you tend to look a certain way. They associate a certain look, an unresponsive stare, a vacant expression.

But there are many shades of blindness, it’s never all or nothing and it’s impossible to judge how someone sees by just the way they look back. Even today adverts for sight loss charities and guide dogs always seem to use people with no vision whose eyes have “that look” that most associated with blindness.

It keeps the misconceptions alive. It reinforces the barriers we have to overcome and stops people from reaching out for help with their vision loss because they feel that they’re not blind enough yet. You don’t have to be totally blind to use a cane or a guide dog and if you’re like me you don’t have to look a certain way to be visually impaired. ~Christina Holtz

Blind Beauty Description

A mock fashion magazine cover is the featured image. Christina’s 1000 watt smile lights up the photo as her blond hair frames her face. 

Blocks of text on Christina’s photo: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward; Blind | She Has Deeper Insight; Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” 

Christina can be followed on Instagram: @christinamholtz


19 thoughts on “Christina Holtz | Blind Beauty Issue #20

  1. This is really interesting and very educational! Such a big misconception!

    1. This one is such a huge one. What’s sad are the number of people like Christina and myself who “don’t look blind” yet we are oftentimes challenged.

      1. I would have never known this at all. I think the image that is portrayed is what we accept and that needs to change.

      2. Exactly. And further still when we think of invisible disabilities we have to open our minds and understand even young, healthy looking people can have serioulsy dibilitating disabilities that are hidden. We must stop the instant judgement without knowing the full story.

      3. Yes! It makes issues worst for everyone and can make you feel very isolated and totally misunderstood

  2. This made me think of the time when a doctor said to my husband, who has central pain syndrome, “You don’t look like you’re in pain.” My husband replied, “What does pain look like?”

    1. Yes, I don’t get this type of behavior from people in the medical profession. I would think they out of the majority of the population would be aware of hidden disabilities. Does your husband’s doctor not know that pain is handled differently by each individual? Geez.

      1. Luckily this wasn’t his regular doctor but still… I’ve learned so much about “invisible” pain from both my husband’s condition and my son’s MS.

      2. Glad to hear it wasn’t his regular doctor although it’s still troubling that any doctor would make a comment like this. Blogging helped to open my eyes to a whole world of people with invisible disabilities and also has expanded my compassion. In every interaction with people I try to remember I don’t know their story.

  3. As always very informative. Thanks Stephanae, important facts.
    Happy 2018.

    1. Happy New Year Peta. Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  4. great blog thank you for posting this. im sight impaired and get the whole ‘you dont look disabled’ thing all the time!

    1. You’re welcome Laura!! Thank you for stopping past and commenting. I was telling someone this morning the worst for me is when these types of comments come from medical professionals. While it can be aggravating I still use most of these opportunities to enlighten people. On the few occasions when I’m not “feeling it” I might be a tad touchy but thankfully these are very rare.

      1. yes same! i used to get anoyed in my teens but my attitude has changed alot and now i just laugh it off. like you said i dont know how they expect us to look but im glad i can appear ‘normal’! i cant say ive ever had it from professionals though thats terrible as they should know better! thanks for dropping me a follow ♡

      2. Yes, life is too short to allow the actions of others to annoy us. I’d rather laugh and keep on moving. Oh and you’re welcome. <3

  5. Excellent points and I agree wholeheartedly.

    1. Thanks Empish. I’ll pass your message on to Christina.

  6. Christina is a great ambassador for the disabled community. She explains this misconception extremely well, and I hope the public eventually understands.

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