A Message From Steph
Hi, I’m Stephanae McCoy, I created Bold Blind Beauty, to empower women who are blind/low vision to embrace their beauty, increase their confidence, claim their power, and BOLDLY break barriers. As a blind woman who loves style, I’m a lifelong abilities crusader who believes that “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.”
‘Real Beauty’ in people goes deep beyond the surface level. I believe real beauty acknowledges the value of a person regardless of anything that might set them apart from others. Real beauty is inclusive; accepts and embraces people where they are, as they are. Today, the site features stories of people from around the world who are on the blindness spectrum across all walks of life.
When I began Bold Blind Beauty my original intent was twofold: 1) to empower others by sharing lessons learned through my sight loss journey 2) connecting sighted people with people across the blindness spectrum. However, as this site has evolved I’ve found that all of us are the beneficiaries of empowerment and connection through the blindness/sight loss stories of others.
Each of the people featured here in Women On The Move, Monthly Beauties, Men In Motion, and Cane EnAbled has unmatched strength and resilience. Every story is different as we walk separate paths yet the one thing we share in common is a shift in our perspectives.
Experiencing losses in life is universal. How we deal with our losses is the difference between living and thriving. I hope you enjoy perusing the site. If you’d like to experience more of our content I invite you to listen to our podcast Bold Blind Beauty On A.I.R. ~Steph
Bold Blind Beauty adopted the acronym A.I.R. (Access, Inclusion, and Representation) as it’s essential for people with disabilities. People with disabilities need Access, Inclusion, and Representation to survive and to thrive.
A Q&A interview with Caroline Desrosiers of Scribely who discusses accessibility as it relates to web-based images and videos.
Monthly Beauty, Catarina Rivera is a Disability Public Speaker and DEI Consultant with 14+ years of experience in the public sector.
Representation Matters! Marta DiVito, our summer intern eloquently shares her story on why representation is so important.
Values, Mission & Vision
Our values rest on the four pillars of P.I.E.R. (Passion, Inclusion, Equity, and Respect).
Breaking down barriers
drives our passion.
We accept people where
they are as they are.
We see, hear, and
We respect life; humanity,
and this planet.
Bold Blind Beauty envisions a judgment-free world where blind and visually impaired individuals are doing what they love and are equally represented in ALL areas of life.
We believe the spectrum of blindness like any disability is a natural part of the human experience. With the appropriate tools, traning, and resources we can live extremely productive and abundant lives.
The greatest challenges we face are stereotypes and misconceptions about blindness. Societal barriers to education, healthcare, housing, technology, transportation, etc. still exist today. We believe transformation within these systems can happen through A.I.R. We’ve come a long way since the ADA became law and while air is free there are some who believe not everyone is deserving of A.I.R. We are “Breaking Barriers With A.I.R.”—Access, Inclusion, and Representation.
What People Are Saying