“The one thing sight loss has taught me is perception is much more profound than seeing. I may have lost my sight but my clarity has increased exponentially, and for this I am grateful.” ~Stephanae McCoy
Stephanae McCoy founded Bold Blind Beauty (www.boldblindbeauty.com) an online commUNITY, to empower blind & visually impaired (B&VI) women. As a blind woman who loves style, she is a businesswoman, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth “blind people can’t be fashionable.”
Bold Blind Beauty brings B&VI women together to celebrate beauty, fashion, and style while connecting sighted and non-sighted people. The site is personified by Abigale (Abby), Stephanae’s alter ego.
Abby is an on-the-move fashion icon who walks in confidence, reflecting the beauty of her blind and visually impaired sisters. “Shopping With Abby” the e-commerce component, is also on the site. The expanding boutique has stylish apparel designed by visually impaired women for both sighted and non-sighted people.
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.
When Stephanae lost her eyesight, she 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. She accomplished this while successfully serving at one of the Big Four accounting firms after her sight loss. Stephanae attributes her career success to a solid foundation of perseverance and a strong work ethic. Two traits which helped her foster a positive environment motivating her teams to deliver a high level of customer service.
A Vision Through Sight Loss Becomes Reality
With her combined business acumen, commitment to disability advocacy and enthusiasm for style, Stephanae was able to develop today’s successful boldblindbeauty.com where she now devotes most of her time managing the business and her blog – while at the same time continuing her advocacy of empowering blind women interested in fashion. To date, the blog has reached over 100,000 site visits and continues to flourish. Within two years she’s already looking to hire a marketing specialist, publicist, and social media strategist to take the company to the next level.
Stephanae McCoy found that although she has lost her eyesight, she has not lost her vision of helping visually impaired women be all they can be. When we place the focus is on abilities versus disabilities – anything is possible!
Stephanae can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanae McCoy’s Featured Image Description:
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.