“So how did I judge a beauty pageant, I judged it the same way I judge the world around me. I listened to what was going on, I listened to what they had to say. I listened to how confident they walked down the runway. And I was able to truly get to know them the real them and leave all the superficial things behind.” ~Ashley Nemeth
Ashley Nemeth has been featured on Bold Blind Beauty several times where I’ve shared some of her wisdom in the form of quotes. She is a fierce and tireless advocate who seizes life by knocking down barriers and spreading her message of equity like a champion fighter.
Ashley Nemeth’s Blind Beauty Description:
Featured image is a Blind Beauty mock magazine cover. Ashley is all about business as her fashionably short-cropped blond hair frames her lovely face. In her selfie close-lipped smile, she has pink lip color and rosy cheeks. She is wearing a black blazer over a striking royal blue top.
Blocks of text superimposed on Ashley’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”
You can connect with Ashley on the following social media platforms (links below):
“The best thing I ever did was come out and TALK about my disability/diagnosis!” ~Shaini Saravanamuthu
Shaini was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She is an accountant by day and a Sephora girl by night. Shaini loves learning new things and trying new projects, which have led her to several great opportunities and great friendships! She hopes her story inspires others and helps those who may be going through a similar situation.
Recently on Instagram, Shaini talked about her invisible disability, anxiety, and depression that sometimes manifests itself. Since so many of us can relate to Shaini’s message I wanted to share a lightly edited version of her post with you.
Having an invisible disability comes with its share of anxiety episodes! Initially, I hid those feelings because I was afraid no one would understand why I was feeling this way! So every time I was in a new place, I would feel the anxiety working its way up my body!
Depression & Anxiety aren’t the most welcoming conversation in our community, everyone just doesn’t want to accept that it is real and that it can happen to someone they love! This stigma is why I decided to open up about my story. I can now help others and most importantly help keep myself from living a lie!
So if someone you love comes to talk to you about how they are feeling, please listen to them. Help them feel better or help direct them to seek a professional!
The best thing we can all do is talk about it! Raise awareness and help get rid of the stigma around Anxiety & Depression!
Shaini Saravanamuthu’s Blind Beauty Description:
Description: Featured image is a Blind Beauty mock magazine cover. Shaini’s long dark hair covers her shoulders. She is wearing a bindi (a gem worn on the forehead between the eyebrows) and pretty bright fuchsia lip color. Shaini’s vivid lip color exactly matches the small exposed portion of her fuchsia garment. She is wearing a long gold earring can in her right ear.
Blocks of text superimposed on Shaini’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”
Shaini can be followed on Instagram: @shinez_
“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
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”
Connect with and/or follow Emily Metauten on social media:
“I’ve been legally blind for ten months now!” ~Brittany Winner
Identical twin, Brittany Winner, of The Winner Twins is a multi-talented person. She is an author, teacher, artist, and CEO of a nonprofit. Here’s my favorite: she is a magician in training.
As frequently happens, I stumbled upon this stunning photo (featured image) of Brittany on Instagram and I had to meet her. After I introduced myself we talked a little about Bold Blind Beauty and she told me about her sight loss. Getting her permission to share this post with you made my day.
Brittany’s caption posted on Instagram:
“This picture is of me going to my very first event blind. I was SO nervous and scared to tell my friends and family, but I was determined to keep having a wonderful life regardless of my vision. That night I went to the Magic Castle with @jpendragonmagic @briannawinner @todd_mccaffrey @dianawolfemagic!! Thank you for this wonderful memory!
It gave me hope that I would get back on my feet again and I did!”
@blindnewworld’s caption is perfect: “Sometimes all you need to feel confident is a little black dress – and a little white cane.”
New to blindness, I’m heartened to see Brittany thriving. We are among the ranks of many others who are working to shift stereotypes about blindness.
Brittany Winner’s Blind Beauty Description:
Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Brittany is on the cover wearing a black dress with a v-neckline and full skirt. She is holding out the skirt with her left hand and her white cane in her right. Her long dark hair is pulled away from her face and she has oversized sunglasses, red lip, and a pretty black & white necklace. Black pumps complete her ensemble.
Blocks of text superimposed on Brittany’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”
Connect with and/or follow Brittany Winner on social media: