About Bold Blind Beauty & Stephanae McCoy
All people are beautiful!
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 firmly believes that “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.”
To me, ‘Real Beauty’ in people goes deep beyond the surface level and is far from superficial. I believe real beauty acknowledges the value of a person regardless of anything that might set them apart from others. Real beauty is inclusive and embraces people where they are. Today, the site features stories of people from around the world who are blind or who have low vision across all walks of life.
Bold Blind Beauty is personified by Abby, my badass alter ego who you can read about here. Abby is an on-the-move fashion icon who walks in confidence, reflecting the beauty of women and girls who are blind/low vision. The online boutique carries merch with positive messaging including Abby’s image designed for everyone.
A Clear Mission To Impact Positive Change
The mission of Bold Blind Beauty is to improve humanity by changing the way we perceive one another. Everyone on the planet needs air to survive. Likewise, A.I.R. (Accessibility, Inclusion, and Representation) enables people with disabilities not only to survive but to thrive. I believe that by embracing and promoting A.I.R. we will change perceptions one person at a time.
When I lost my eyesight, I quickly learned that thriving within the sighted world meant overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The most significant being the misconceptions about sight loss, blindness, and the capabilities of blind people. It was through immersing myself within the blind community— who by the way accepted me with open arms—that my life as a blind person expanded. I learned so much from my blind friends who shared with me many adaptations to enable me to grow personally and professionally.
After losing my sight I was able to successfully continue serving at one of the Big Four accounting firms. My career success is attributed to a solid foundation of perseverance, and a strong work ethic. These two traits helped me foster a positive environment motivating my teams to deliver a high level of customer service. I’d like to add that my relationships with my blind friends allowed me to seamlessly continue working. After receiving my final diagnosis that nothing more could be done to restore my sight I thought my life was over—thankfully I was wrong.
A Vision Through Sight Loss Becomes Reality
I was able to develop today’s successful boldblindbeauty.com through a combination of a strong commitment to advocacy, awesome collaborations, and instinct. I devote most of my time managing the business—while at the same time continuing to promote social justice for people who are blind or low vision. To date, the blog has reached over 180,000 site visits and continues to flourish.
I’ve found that although I lost my eyesight, I have not lost my vision of helping those within the blind and low vision community to be all they can be. When we place the focus on abilities versus disabilities—anything is possible!
“The one thing sight loss taught me is perception is more profound than seeing. I may have lost my sight but my clarity has increased exponentially, and for this I am grateful.” ~Stephanae
A professional headshot of Stephanae’s smashing asymmetrical hairstyle with burgundy highlights. The muted Coral Cutie lipstick topped with a peach-colored gloss provides a nice contrast against the gray backdrop. She is wearing a black dress and black tuxedo jacket trimmed in faux leather, silver statement necklace, and silver drop earrings.