Emily Metauten | Blind Beauty Issue 24

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Emily Metauten | Blind Beauty Issue 24

“Here is a friendly reminder that not all disabilities appear the same!! I only really use my cane situationally, so that means I’m walking around without it most of the time.” ~Emily Metauten

Emily Metauten is standing with her white cane in her right hand and cell phone in her left taking a selfie in a full-length mirror. She is wearing black jeans with holes in the knees and a black crop top. A long brown sweater completes her outfit. Her hair is a bright pink or orange.Introducing Emily Metauten a freelance makeup artist/licensed cosmetologist based in the Boston area. 

A lot of people act very surprised when I disclose my disability to them, some people don’t even believe me. I get odd looks and a dismissive point when I ask for help finding something. I’ve gotten the “I think you need new glasses!” comment too many times when I’m struggling to read something very close to my face. I’ve even been stopped/grabbed by cops when I use my reduced fare metro card/charlie card on the train.

Please don’t ever assume someone’s status (disability or health-wise) based on the way they look! Yes, people with vision loss (or any disability) can dye their hair, wear funky clothes, do their makeup, express themselves however they please. Shocker, right?

On a similar note, I’ve built up a lot of insecurity about using my cane in public – so here is the first picture I’ve posted ever with it. This is also a friendly reminder to myself that I don’t have to hide who I am to fit into other people’s expectations of me.

Emily Metauten’s Blind Beauty Description:

Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. A close-up of Emily is on the cover looking absolutely fabulous. Her hair is dyed pink and her makeup is perfectly coordinated with her hair color. With her winged eyes and matte lip color, she is the epitome of a fashion model. Emily is posing with her chin lightly resting on her left hand.

Blocks of text superimposed on Emily’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”

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  1. Thank you for commenting Erin. I will pass your message on to Emily. I too can relate to what you’re saying here. ~Steph

  2. I’m so with you, Emily! I’ve gotten the “but you don’t look blind” comment so many times I’ve started leading with it myself so they don’t have to bother.

    And I struggle to use my cane too. I’m owner training a guide dog, and I think he will make it easier. But I know exactly what you mean!

  3. Thank you so much for coming past, reading and commenting! I agree with you, Emily is an amazing person and I’m so glad I connected with her and was able to highlight her here on Bold Blind Beauty. I love her style.<3

  4. My cousin Emily is a beautiful, strong, incredibly talented woman. I aspire to be as strong-willed as her. She is an amazing individual and I am proud to call her family. <3

  5. Isn’t she gorgeous? I spoke with her on the phone yesterday and she is such an interesting person. I’m hoping we’ll hear more from her.

  6. Love this one! On one level, I want to say it’s challenging not to stereotype because we’ve been conditioned as to what we “think” a visually impaired person is supposed to look like, but on the other hand, I don’t see why we just can’t accept what we see before us?

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