Why Bold Blind Beauty?
All people are beautiful!
Hi, I’m Stephanae McCoy, I created Bold Blind Beauty, to empower blind and low vision women to embrace their beauty, BOLDLY break barriers, increase their confidence, and claim their power. As a blind woman who loves style, I’m a businesswoman and lifelong abilities crusader who believes that “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.”
The site is personified by Abby, my alter ego. Abby is an on-the-move fashion icon who walks in confidence, reflecting the beauty of blind and low vision women worldwide. The online boutique carries Bold Blind Beauty branded merch designed for people of all abilities.
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. Oxygen sustains all life. Likewise, AIR (Accessibility, Inclusion, and Representation) enables people with disabilities to survive and to thrive. I believe by embracing and promoting AIR we will change perceptions.
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. From first-hand experience, 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.
A Vision Through Sight Loss Becomes Reality
I was able to develop today’s successful boldblindbeauty.com through a combination of awesome collaborations, a strong commitment to advocacy, 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 170,000 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
In this photo, I’m sitting on a barstool at my counter. My chin is lightly resting on my propped right hand. I’m wearing winter white pants with a creamy gold long sleeve v-neck sweater and matching fringed vest. I’m holding my white cane in my left hand.