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Blind Beauty 78 | Cassie Ingram

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I want to break this stigma that people with disabilities must live a limited life. You can do anything you set your mind to. It might be in a different way than everyone else but keep striving for those goals. Reach for your dreams. And never give up!

~Cassie Ingram

I’ve always been a positive person and when I was younger, I had goals and determination. But after obtaining my Associate’s Degree in Child Development, I transferred to a University and things began to change. I started getting a lot of questions from teachers and students on how I would finish out my degree considering I was legally blind. At the time, I didn’t realize how much I was going to let this affect me. While other things played a part, in the end, I left college.

Then, earlier this year when I started my YouTube Channel, On The Fritz, I became involved in the blind and visually impaired community. Up to this point, I hadn’t realized how much I had let my visual impairment run my life. I had settled. I wasn’t involved in anything. I had no goals. I would tell myself I couldn’t do something because of my vision or not being able to drive. So much negativity for a self-proclaiming, positive person.

It’s really weird how something can be happening to you for years, even staring you down, but you never even see it! Just after a few months, I am now so happy to be returning to my old self again! I have goals! Determination! I am stronger! I want to break this stigma that people with disabilities must live a limited life. You can do anything you set your mind to. It might be in a different way than everyone else but keep striving for those goals. Reach for your dreams. And never give up!

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The image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Cassie’s photo is on the cover and she’s stunning with burgundy with pink highlights in her hair and mesmerizing hazel/green eyes. She has a pink flower in her hair above her left ear and her cactus statement earrings add a fun pop of color. Her white lace wrap is over a black tank which she accented with a blue scarf hung loosely around her neck.

Blocks of text superimposed on Cassie’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

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Blind Beauty 77 | Terese Goren

Blind Beauty 77 | Terese Goren

Growing up I really struggled with the way I looked, frequently hearing comments about how my eyes looked funny.  Even at the age of 50, there are still some days where I lack confidence in my appearance.

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I’m so excited to introduce you to today’s Blind Beauty, Terese Goren who will also be our featured Woman On The Move next week. I met Terese earlier this summer at Wichita State University (WSU) campus, host to the week-long Envision 2019 Level Up Conference

As a lover of technology, I was naturally drawn to Terese when I sat in on one of her courses during the conference. She’s a brilliant Assistive Technology Specialist whos vibrant personality brightens any room. Later in the week, I got to know a little more about her during a semi-formal networking event as we were seated together during the dinner. I must admit I was thrilled to be seated with Terese as I was dying to pick her brain on cell phone technology as it relates to accessibility.

A fashionista at heart, when our conversation turned to fashion I needed to know more about this beautiful woman. We found we shared a passion for beauty and addressing some of the stereotypes where beauty and blindness intertwine. Terese’s love for fashion is evident in how she presents herself to the world. Next week you’ll get to hear her beauty advice to those who are new to sight loss. At the heart of Bold Blind Beauty is the message of empowerment and confidence and I really like what Terese has to say about this topic:

“I know this world is all about “the look”. Almost every morning I strive to put myself together.  What’s more important is the confidence and belief in yourself. The truth is you can be dressed to the 9’s but if you don’t have the confidence to back it up then that look isn’t going to work.”

Terese Goren

Terese, thank you for allowing me to shine the spotlight on you. You are a Bold Blind Beauty!

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The image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Terese’s photo on the cover shows her looking very stylish in jeans, a burgundy top, and a long taupe sweater. She paired her outfit with a gold statement necklace and brown peep toe, sandals with a block heel.

Blocks of text superimposed on Terese’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look”

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Blind Beauty 76 | Grace Nzomo

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Blind Beauty 76 | Grace Nzomo

“My high school teachers took one look at me and decided that I cannot learn chemistry, physics, and geography due to my ‘poor’ eyesight. I was also informed that since I was visually impaired, I had to learn Braille as I would be using it in my final exam.”

~Grace Nzomo
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Grace Nzomo

I met Albinism Goodwill Ambassador, Grace Nzomo when she entered a contest for the March edition of CAPTIVATING! Magazine. Born and raised in Kenya, Grace is working to improve the lives of people with albinism. In some areas of Africa, superstitions and serious misconceptions play a role in the persecution of those with the condition.

A 24-year-old psychology graduate from USIU-Africa, Grace also models part-time. In addition to expressing herself through beauty and fashion, she is also increasing awareness of albinism.

I envision a society in which persons with albinism are fully integrated, appreciated, and empowered to live up to their full potential.

~Grace Nzomo

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Blind Beauty 76 Featured Image Description:

The featured image is a teal, black, and white faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Even though the photo is black and white the contrast of Grace’s tam (hat) and makeup is striking. The color version of the photo included in the article shows the bright red hat, lip color, and gold choker. Blocks of text superimposed on Grace’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look.”

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Blind Beauty 75 | Nivi Morales

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“I believe people who are visually impaired have an enormous amount of creativity, we have skillful ways of navigating through the obstacles daily life brings. I hope my story encourages people to find their own ways of expressing themselves. Whichever way they find best fits: art, sports, travel, you name it..! Just go for it!”

~Nivi Morales

Blind Beauty 75 | Nivi Morales’ Story

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For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by small details. Over the years I have used my camera to express this fascination. This is something relatively straight forward for me to explore because my eyes naturally frame things in their own particular way.

In 2002 I was told I had lost a significant percentage of my peripheral vision due to an eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Doctors told me I would gradually lose most of my peripheral vision, that there was no cure. For someone who had been relatively healthy, this diagnosis came as a shock. However, I decided not to give up. A year after the diagnosis I started traveling. It did not take long until I discovered a new hobby: photography.

Finding New Meaning

In the last four years, this hobby has really taken a new meaning as my sight continued to change. I started using a white cane and some adaptations to read small print. The new challenges did nothing but fuel my thirst to explore and express myself, to lead a productive happy life. I have continued to capture details of nature, landscape, and buildings in my local area and on my travels.

Every day I make a conscious choice to focus on the positive details. There is nothing more rewarding than capturing a moment and then looking at it through the help of my computer. The sense of joy and fulfillment I get from developing and sharing images gives me the energy to carry on, even in challenging times.

I believe people who are visually impaired have an enormous amount of creativity, we have skillful ways of navigating through the obstacles daily life brings. I hope my story encourages people to find their own ways of expressing themselves. Whichever way they find best fits: art, sports, travel, you name it..! Just go for it!

I want to finish by thanking Stephanae for the opportunity to share my story with you all stunning Bold Blind Beauties out there.

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Featured image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Nivi Morales’ image on the cover is black & white. Blocks of text superimposed on Nivi’s photo are: “Bold–She Keeps Pressing Onward, Blind–She Has Deeper Insight, Beautiful–She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.” “Makeup Trends for 2019–How To Maintain A Flawless Look.”

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  1. This color close-up photo of Nivi’s featured image on the faux fashion cover was taken by her mother. It’s an outdoor shot and in the background, greenery can be seen. Her salt & pepper hair is in a stylish short cut and she is wearing fashionable squarish wired rimmed eyeglasses with pink lip color. She is also in a navy v-neck top.
  2. This image is from Nivi’s recent trip to Italy. It’s a photo of a swan swimming in Lake Garda.