Welcome

To Bold Blind Beauty!

Stephanae McCoy's profile picture

An extraordinary online community that encourages beautiful blind women to transcend barriers and walk boldly together with confidence; in style, body, and soul. Created by style blogger Stephanae McCoy, a businesswoman and passionate abilities crusader who also happens to be blind. Bold Blind Beauty brings women together to not only share in the beauty of style and fashion but also encourages empowerment and builds a sense of camaraderie between the sighted and non-sighted communities while eradicating misconceptions and long-held stereotypes about people with sight loss.

Bold Blind Beauty readers are guided by the stylish fashion icon Abigail (Abby), a fashionista who radiates an attitude of hip, laid-back sophistication with a pinch of bravura. A woman who’s forever boldly on the move, Abby is in the know about the latest styles and fashions, walking in confidence—and of course always with her white cane—providing tips and techniques, answering questions and moderating discussions about style. With her life adventures, Abby also helps us change the way we perceive blindness, helping to improve humanity, one attitude at a time.

And if you see something you just must have, you can likely find it on Abigail Style, Abby’s very cool e-Commerce site that lets your attitude dictate your fashion direction.

Feel free to peruse our site, read the blog and let us know what you think. “When a person can walk in confidence, regardless of the status of their life – that is a beautiful thing!” – Abigail

Enjoy!

 

212 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. I found you by way of another blog I follow you popped up in my reader and now I will be popping in and out often. I can’t imagine how scary it must have been and probably still sometimes is. But that doesn’t mean that a sighted person won’t enjoy what you have to say. I hope you get to read some of my stories and join in. Pleased to meet youSteph.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow, what a story. I am wondering do you have some sight? Perhaps only off to the sides. As I am curious how you post? With speech type ability programs???

    It’s so true if you a interested/passionate about something… In life you will always end up working with what you want, if you want it enough.

    Regards Louisa 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Louisa, thank you for visiting my blog. I do have some residual vision. As a matter of fact according to VisionAware.org the estimated percentage of people who are “totally without sight” or no light perception is 15%—the remaining 85% of all individuals with eye disorders have some remaining sight. In the past I’ve used ZoomText (screen magnifier & reading software) however with Windows 10 I use the built-in software and a 32″ monitor. It’s one of those things that people have a hard time understanding, that we have vision issues yet we can use smart phones and other technology. I have totally blind friends who use iPhones like it’s nobody’s business and this speaks to the point that I fight for and that is, placing the focus on abilities not disabilities. With few exceptions, there are blind people who serve in just about any occupation one can imagine.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m giving this site link to my neighbor. Oh man. She’s new to her loss of sight, angry, needs her daughter to do a lot of things and has yet to find her abilities. I think this will be so encouraging to her. I have chills My Lady, because this will be so helpful to her.
    We all wish to be dignified no matter our state of living. Paying attention to our hygiene and appearance can make a world of difference in how we feel about ourselves and how we present ourselves to the world. Good work! Thank you.

    Faith (Fibromyalgia, Lupus)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Faith, thank you so much for coming here, reading and for your comment. I saw an article recently where it was summarized that given the choice people would endure just about anything rather than sight loss. Living with it myself I think we place way too much emphasis on the loss which encourages us to lose sight of who we are as individuals. Sight loss is very challenging and you come across situations that you’d never give a second thought to if your vision is intact. There are still days where I get frustrated because my limited vision keeps me from comprehending that a person across the hallway is speaking directly to me-this actually happened to me yesterday. I can honestly say that I am so grateful for my remaining eyesight and that it allows me to continue to promote awareness and prove that when the focus is placed on abilities we can surpass even our wildest expectations.

      Like

      1. Hi Steph! That’s fine :). I just wanted to recognize you for having a lovely blog because you do. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. I hope you will have a wonderful weekend! ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Oh Steph, can I be so lucky to meet such a beautiful lady like yourself through blogging. Wow…I’m teary eyed just reading your About page and not because you lost your sight, but because you such an beautiful inspiration and I’m just so blessed to be followed and to follow such a special wonderful person.
    Love to you!
    Chanty

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Wow, Steph, I am so glad Danny from Dream Big led you to me! After reading just your about I am so glad to meet you. I had no idea about sight loss until a car accident about 20 years ago left me blind for a few hours. I woke up in the ambulance couldn’t see anything and I didn’t know where I was. They tried to calm me and once I was at the hospital they explained I received severe head trauma and my brain had swollen. They said the condition could last a few hours, days, weeks and there was a small chance it could be permanent. I couldn’t see them working on me or the kind nurse who held my hand as they stitched up my forehead and arm.I was so scared as I lay there all alone. Everyone was instructed to announce themselves as they came to my bedside. After what seemed like an eternity but was about 16 hours, I started seeing shadows. Even in that short time I noticed my other senses were more intense. My hearing was clearer, my sense of smell. It was very humbling. Then my Dad came to live with us for the last 4 years of his life. He was legally blind in one eye and had very little sight in the other. His hearing was going and even his hearing aids didn’t always help. He was more scared of going blind than deaf. We got him special software, a keyboard and magnifiers that assisted him with his daily routines. I was able to tell him from my limited experience that it would be okay. Thankfully, he passed away before he lost his sight completely. Thank you for being such a great example. I look forward to getting to know you better through your posts.
    Lydia!
    PS I do not wear makeup because with chronic pain and fatigue, putting it on is a real effort. You just inspired me to try next time I go out!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. I’m equally glad to have connected with you as well Lydia. Wow, I can’t imagine what you went through after your accident, that had to be awfully scary–thank goodness it was temporary but I bet it felt like forever while you were going through it. Losing any major sense is difficult but I think it’s especially hard when it happens later in life, afterall we grow accustomed to doing things a certain way and once a disability hits it can rob us of our independence.

      I hear you on the makeup thing and believe me I look all kinds of crazy walking around my complex with my dog because most days I don’t bother with it unless I’m taking pictures or going somewhere.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. “When you feel good, you look good.” Your mantra says it all- Unique and funny how people encounter leadership roles in life.Thank you for the follow- I followed you back, of course. sincerely, Edu Leon.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. This is so inspiring. I don’t like wearing make up and I’m not so much into fashion. But reading your “about me” and how confident you sound like, I didn’t even noticed your “blindness”. I’ll keep your quote in mind “when you feel good, you look good.” Thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  8. I am so sorry that you are legally blind but I am so happy that you have taken this down turn in your life and using it as a trail of positivity. I am so happy that you found me and I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Hi Stephanae 🙂 Lovely to meet you. I had to pop over and say ‘hi’ and thank you for visiting my blog and for following me. I love your About Page, it is incredibly inspiring and am excited to follow you too. Take care and enjoy the rest of the day further. x

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Hello Steph! You have such inspirational articles which, I bet, comes naturally from your heart. No wonder lots of people admire you and your works. I will stay tuned for more of your encouraging posts because those are what I’ve been needing these days. Thank you! ❤

    Liked by 5 people

We are a community where every voice matters, add yours.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s