How Accessible Is The Beauty World To Those With Disabilities ?

 

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By Amelia Abraham in Dazed Digital.

DISABILITY CAMPAIGNER SAM RENKE, BEAUTY YOUTUBER KAITLYN DOBROW, AND THE CHARITY SCOPE SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON HOW THE INDUSTRY CAN DO BETTER

For Sam Renke, who has osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bones disease, make-up is not a mask but a way to express herself. “Fashion and beauty have given me confidence when, from a very young age, I felt like I was discriminated against,” Renke says. “Growing up, I struggled with not being able to do much aesthetically about how I looked. I’ve got scars on my body and during my teenage years felt very different from everybody else – at one point, I found it quite difficult to look in the mirror.”

Renke remembers when she was out shopping with her family and noticed more people staring than usual. She burst into tears, and her sister turned to her. “‘Have you ever thought people stare at you because you look incredible?’ she asked. Since then I try to think people are looking at me because I look shit hot… because I’ve got my red lipstick on and because I’ve got my hair done nicely.”

 

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