About

Why Bold Blind Beauty?

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Bold Blind Beauty
Moon Township, PA 15108
USA

All people are beautiful!

Hi, I’m Stephanae (Steph) 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 around the world. 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.”

I can be reached at smccoy@boldblindbeauty.com.

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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.

232 Comments

  1. Hi Steph, wow you are an inspiration! So amazing, love the work your doing and your whole approach to life. Also – you look fabulous, such a great sense of style! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you (again ;)) 🤗

  2. Hi Stephanae! Thank you for telling me about this site! I can’t wait to check it out more thoroughly and dive in. Thank you! Corey from Blind to Billionaire

    1. Thank you so much!! I saw your message on my tablet but couldn’t respond until I got to my computer. I’m so happy you stapped past. <3

  3. After reading your story I’m doubly honoured that you found and followed me. How inspiring you are. Indeed it’s an nonour to meet you Stephanie and I look forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words Miriam. I was thrilled to find you through Deb and I look forward to many more visits to your blog as well.

    1. Awe, thank you Carly 😊 I so appreciate your kindness however I cannot participate per my Awards policy. Thank you for thinking of me.💗

  4. 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.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting Ellen. I’m backed up on my blog visitations but I will be by to check out yours as well. Thank you again.

      1. You are Welcome whenever. It is a writers blog with stories rhyme and if you are alert… pieces of me. X

  5. 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 🙂

    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.

  6. 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)

    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.

    1. Awe, thank you so much, I really appreciate it and while I’d love to be able to participate with so much on my plate I am not able to at this time. Thanks for thinking of me <3

      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! <3

  7. 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

  8. Beauty, confidence, kind, you really do have it all!

    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs.

  9. Hi, Stephanae! Thanks for following my blog! I read the re-blog of yours over at Kerry’s “herheadache”. I’ll look forward to reading your posts! 🙂

  10. Hi Stephanae – I wish there were a ‘love’ button instead of just a ‘like’ – you & your blog are awesome!

  11. 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!

    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.