“People say hateful things. Sometimes, you never see it coming.” ~Jill Stephenson
Jill Stephenson is a student who aspires to become a Teacher for the Visually Impaired. She is also a musician and poet. Jill and her guide dog, Molly, can both be followed on Instagram @that_one_blind_mouse and @mollys._.moments.
Living in a climate where people feel they have the right to hurl insults just because, when you are a person living with a disability you can be especially vulnerable. In response to some online bullying, Jill had this to say to a group of our friends:
“There comes a point where you have to decide if it’s worth it or not to try to work it out and change their mind. Sometimes, you just have to move on, because it’s better for you to not live with that negativity and hate. Live your best lives. Do what will help you. If the other person isn’t willing to work with you, do what’s best for your life. I know from experience.” ~Jill
Blind Beauty Description
Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Jill Stephenson smiles at the camera in front of a white background. She is wearing a dark blue hood and her hair is falling over her shoulders, covering one of her eyes.”
Blocks of text superimposed on Jill’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”
“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
“To be where I am, able to see my little star’s face, hear his cry and little funny noises.” ~Mara Lauren
New mom, Mara Lauren, is legally blind and losing her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Mara is also losing her hearing to Usher Syndrome. She is a Social Ambassador of #HowEyeSeeIt with Foundation Fighting Blindness and a fellow warrior fighting to bring awareness of blindness. Mara was also featured as a Woman On The Move here at Bold Blind Beauty.
It’s truly such a blessing. God is so good and always has the right time for everything in life. So thankful for this moment and for Him to allow me to be a mother.” ~Mara Lauren
Blind Beauty Description
A mock fashion magazine cover is the featured image. Mara’s beautiful black and white photo shows her in her hospital bed as she lovingly cradles her newborn son.
Blocks of text on Mara’s photo: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward; Blind | She Has Deeper Insight; Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”
Mara can be followed on Instagram @atemara
“I don’t see your facial expressions even when it seems like I’m looking directly into your eyes. I’ve learned to look in the right place despite what I can’t see.” ~BlindGirlsSee Truths #1
It’s hard for friends and family to understand how Stargardt’s disease affects my vision. I totally understand that. If It’s hard for me to explain what I see, it must be even harder for someone to imagine it. I hope my BlindGirlsSee Truths help people understand better and continue to spread awareness for low vision. ~Nysha
“I am losing my vision to Stargardt’s disease but I am gaining so much out of life. There are so many things that make me happy and so many things I can still do without perfect vision. I will share with you the things I love to do, the ways in which I have adapted to being blind, and also my personal and spiritual growth.” ~Blind Girl’s See
Description: Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Nysha, a powerhouse yoga Instructor is seen here outdoors doing one of her poses. She is wearing a navy blue long yoga leotard with a white stripe down the side and coral footies.
Blocks of text superimposed on Nysha’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”
Nysha can be followed on the following social media platforms: