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Monthly Beauties | Annastasia Srock

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Meet The Faces of Bold Blind Beautiful & Accomplished Women

Representation Matters! Bold Blind Beauty believes that “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” Today’s Cover Model, Annastasia Srock, is a gorgeous college-sophomore who recently started a YouTube channel. Annastasia, who is living with Stargardt disease (a juvenile form of macular degeneration, has such an amazing outlook on life and she sees the beauty in nearly everything. To learn more about Annastasia visit her social media platforms listed below.

Following is personal and empowering insight from Annastasia:

“Losing my sight has brought me more vision than I had ever dreamed. The world around me dimmed, but the light held deep within grew bright and, with that light, I finally see life for everything
it’s meant to be.” 

~Annastasia Srock

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Beyond Sight Magazine Cover – Annastasia is laying down with her long wavy golden/brown hair fanned out around her face. She has on a single strand of tiny pearls around her neck and is posed with a pink rose on her right shoulder. With dark red lip color and golden eyes that perfectly match her hair the contrast is striking. The masthead is teal with “Beyond Sight Magazine” in black text. The dot on the ‘i’ in ‘sight’ is the eye used for our 2020 Year of Vision Campaign (described HERE). There are 3 lines of text to the left of Annastasia’s photo that says “Annastasia Srok A Starry-Eyed Life.” In the bottom right corner is a yellow circle with an illustration of Abby looking at a reflection of herself in a standing mirror. She has on a teal dress and a white hat with a black band. In her right hand is her white cane. And of course, she’s sporting her signature explosive hairstyle (peeping from under her hat in the back), and “Monthly Beauties” is yellow text under the circle.

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Monthly Beauties | Gabby Mendonca

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Meet The Faces of Bold Blind Beautiful & Accomplished Women

Representation Matters! Bold Blind Beauty believes that “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” Today’s Cover Model, Gabby Mendonca, is a beautiful 21-year-old blind YouTuber. Not unlike many young women, Gabby has struggled with accepting herself and is sharing lessons on how she’s learning how to embrace her beauty. To learn more about Gabby visit her social media platforms and stay tuned for her story to be featured here in Women On The Move.

Following is personal and empowering insight from Gabby.

Being visually impaired has never defined me as an individual, but instead enhances my abilities to adapt to new environments and hone in on my creativity.

~Gabby Mendonca

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Beyond Sight Magazine Cover – Gabby is posed standing outside on a lawn in bright sunshine. Her long dark hair cascades over both her shoulders in soft curls. She’s wearing a black outfit (leggings and long sweater/jacket with light-colored flats. The masthead is teal with “Beyond Sight Magazine” in black text. The dot on the ‘i’ in ‘sight’ is the eye used for our 2020 Year of Vision Campaign (described HERE). There are 3 lines of white text to the left of Gabby’s photo that says “Crushing Digital Media In College.” In the bottom right corner is a yellow circle with an illustration of Abby looking at a reflection of herself in a standing mirror. She has on a teal dress and a white hat with a black band. In her right hand is her white cane. And of course, she’s sporting her signature explosive hairstyle (peeping from under her hat in the back), and “Monthly Beauties” is yellow text under the circle.

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Monthly Beauty | Tekesha Saffold

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Meet The Faces of Bold Blind Beautiful & Accomplished Women

Representation Matters! Bold Blind Beauty believes that “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” Today’s Cover Model, Tekesha Saffold, is the President of the National Federation of the Blind of Palm Beach and she also serves as a Consumer Advocate and Consultant of the Palm Beaches. 

Following is personal and empowering insight from Tekesha.

“I am as strong as cloth with determination and dignity; I can laugh at the future to come because I am optimistic. I speak with wisdom because of my challenges, I have survived thus far, and positive affirmations of myself is always on my tongue. Because I have faith in my creator, I believe that all things are possible and I am a living testimony of blessings.”

~Tekesha Saffold

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Beyond Sight Magazine Cover – Tekesha is a statuesque beauty formally dressed in an off the shoulder light-colored gown with a crystal-embellished waistline. She is smiling while holding a bouquet of flowers in the crook of her right arm while her left hand is on her hip. The masthead is teal with “Beyond Sight Magazine” in black text. The dot on the ‘i’ in ‘sight’ is the eye used for our 2020 Year of Vision Campaign (described HERE). There are 3 lines of white text to the right of Tekesha’s photo that says “Tekesha Saffold Bold and Beautiful .” In the bottom right corner is a yellow circle with an illustration of Abby looking at a reflection of herself in a standing mirror. She has on a teal dress and a white hat with a black band. In her right hand is her white cane. And of course, she’s sporting her signature explosive hairstyle (peeping from under her hat in the back), and “Monthly Beauties” is in yellow text under the circle.

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Representation Matters | Meet The Faces…

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Of Bold Blind Beautiful Accomplished Women

Real Beauty Transcends Barriers

Bold Blind Beauty

Representation Matters! And I couldn’t think of a better way to relaunch our Monthly Beauties feature than to share a post from Shaini S. Shaini has been previously featured as a Blind Beauty here on Bold Blind Beauty. Going forward the guests on Monthly Beauties will be presented as a cover with a personal quote or short story and their social media platforms.

I hope you enjoy her message as much as I do. Without further ado I’d like to introduce you to Monthly Beauties: “Meet The Faces of Bold Blind Beautiful Accomplished Women.” ~Steph

Blind Is Beautiful

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I was asked to work on a makeup look that represented the blind community and myself! So as most of you know I recently lost more vision due to a hole in my right eye causing me to lose sight in that eye. So I decided to do a complete Smokey eye on my right eye to represent the loss of sight and marked an X over that eye. On the left eye, I did a halo eye to represent the tunnel vision that I have in that eye due to my Retinitis Pigmentosa. 

The phrase BLIND IS BEAUTIFUL is used, as society has this label on our community that we aren’t able to take care of ourselves, and that we aren’t able to look presentable due to our lack of vision! I’ve had my fair share of ridiculous things said to me, which made me realize that it’s due to the lack of awareness, representation and/or misrepresentation of the blind community in the makeup, fashion, entertainment, and several other industries! 

On several occasions, I’ve been told well you’re pretty for a blind girl?! Like WTH is that supposed to mean? I’ve also been accused of lying about my blindness because of the way I dress and do my makeup up! I always have to remember not to react to these messages and comments but to respond back with information to educate them of what the real blind community is like and how we all come in different races, shapes and different degrees of vision loss!

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I know the past 2-3 years there has been a huge improvement of representation in media, and hope that it will just continue to get better and help raise awareness about the reality of how we live our lives like sighted people but just with a few adaptations and guiding tools! I had so much fun playing with makeup after so many months and this was my first time since the sight loss in the right eye, so I had some roadblocks but found ways to make it work! Thank god for memory and being able to feel my way to know where to apply my makeup! Nothing is impossible, we just have to make a few adjustments and find our way of getting things done.

🙏I hope you’re all well and staying safe ♥️! A big thank you to @seeaneed for helping me out 🙌#BlindIsBeautiful #potd #motd #VisuallyImpaired #Thriver 

Thank you Shaini for allowing Bold Blind Beauty to share your important message!

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Header & 2 additional photos: The Beyond Sight Magazine cover has a gray/white marbled background. The date & edition numbers are in the upper right corner in black ink. Shaini’s headshot photo is aligned on the right margin with the background appearing on the top, bottom and left margin. Shaini describes this photo in her piece and the same image is used in the other two photos with one being a profile and the other with her eyes closed. “Beyond Sight” is in large black text and a teal-colored circle with Shaini’s name is in yellow text.