J Renée | Blind Beauty Issue 38
“Saying things like “You don’t look albino” or “oh you just look light skin so you’re ok” that’s NOT OK! People with Albinism can look different from the next person with Albinism. So yes, however way they appear to you that is what a person with Albinism looks like.”
Professional Makeup Artist, J Renée, did a recent Q&A with Abby here at Bold Blind Beauty. on magnetic eyelashes. Today, she is addressing a more serious issue about misconceptions on Albinism and appearance.
When I saw the video included in today’s post I was happy and angry at the same time, let me explain. I was happy because I love it when people look out for one another. In this video, J Renée speaks to inappropriate comments another young woman received on YouTube.
The young woman who has Albinism was on the receiving end of tasteless comments because people ‘felt’ she didn’t ‘look’ the part. This is where I got angry as not only did assumptions surface but going a step further some took it upon themselves to ‘correct’ her.
“You Don’t Look…”
Why does there have to be an all or nothing approach when it comes to people or the conditions we live with? Why can’t we accept that we are as varied and at the same time as complex as our individual genetic makeup? When people share are open enough to share their story the least we can do is be open enough to receive it without challenging their identity.
We invite you to enjoy J. Renée video on Albinism Awareness:
Blind Beauty Issue 38 Featured Image Description:
Blind Beauty is a mock fashion magazine cover. Jennifer Renée is wearing a purple shirt and posing in front of a white background with her hand by her chin. She is wearing purple and pink eyeshadows and magenta lip gloss. Her natural golden blonde hair is pulled back in a ponytail.
Blocks of text superimposed on J Renée’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”
- Image #1 In this photo, J Renée’s long blond hair is flowing freely while framing her face. The background is pretty jewel-toned turquoise and she is wearing pink/fuchsia tee and jacket. Her lip color is fuchsia and she’s wearing turquoise colored eyeshadow.
- Image #2 J Renée looks fabulous with her hair in braids and she is wearing a muted lip color and a purple blouse.