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Issue #24 | Emily Metauten

“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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