By Steph McCoy
Editor’s Note: Bold Blind Beauty is a blog created by PCB Peer, Stephanae McCoy. Helping women who are blind or visually impaired find their own style and self-confidence has been a passion for Steph. Through her fictional blog character, Abigail, Steph shares inspiring messages and beauty wisdom. What follows is the fictional profile of Abigail, Steph’s blog icon, and some of her wisdom.
“Walking in confidence, regardless of the status of our lives – this is a beautiful thing” – Abigail B.
Abigail (Abby) is a bold and stylish fashion icon who walks in confidence – and of course always with her white cane – reflecting the beauty of all blind and visually impaired sisters throughout the world. A true fashionista who radiates a level of hip sophistication, Abby is forever on the move, providing tips and techniques, answering questions and moderating discussions about style and fashion. Due to her vast experience and life adventures, Abby also helps us change the way we perceive blindness with the goal to improve humanity, one attitude at a time.
So what’s in a name? – Abigail springs from “abilities” + “nightingale” reflecting her boundless abilities since she certainly doesn’t let her blindness define her; and nightingale – the small ordinary bird best known for its extraordinary and beautiful song of the night and for being an important symbol of freedom and joy for authors and poets throughout time. And what does the “B” stand for? Abby won’t say, but many speculate that it might stand for Bold, Blind or Beauty, or perhaps it just means to “Be” – all you can be.
Abby’s Fortitude – Abby evolved into the on-the-move fashion icon she is today after experiencing what can only be described as an exceptional growth spurt from infancy to a young stylish woman of indeterminate age. Even though she was diagnosed with a rare genetic eye disease that has stolen a large portion of her sight, Abby was determined to not let this set her back. Rather she decided to embrace her blindness, access the tools available for the blind and visually impaired, and move forward with her life.
Global Adventures – After graduating Magna Cum Laude from her Ivy League school in business and law, Abby immediately landed at a prestigious global law firm on Wall Street and advanced to managing partner. This would be enough for most women, let alone those with a disability, but Abby felt there was more to life than just business, so she took a much-needed hiatus from the high-pressured corporate world and became an avid adventurer, traveling the four corners of the world. Abby scaled the highest mountains, sailed the stormy seas, explored the deepest caverns, strutted the runways of the major fashion capitals of the world, met a diverse array of people from all walks of life, and even led a jazz trio as a popular singer!
Putting it all together – With these incredible experiences under her belt, Abby was ready to combine her well-honed business and legal skills with her passion for fashion and apply it all to something important to her – empowering other women with blindness to be all they can be. So she put her wicked mad skills to work as a fashionista when she was hired at boldblindbeauty.com where she provides tips and techniques, answers to questions ,and moderation to the discussion on fashion and style.
In Her Spare Time – When Abby isn’t working or volunteering at a children’s school for the blind, she enjoys painting (yes, blind people can paint!). She now resides in a beautiful and comfortable home with fashionable décor from her travels all over the world, along with the love of her life, Alexis, her adorable Yellow Lab, a retired guide dog.
Finding Abby – Abby can be found exclusively on boldblindbeauty.com, the website that brings women together to share in the beauty of fashion and style in a community that encourages empowerment and camaraderie, and makes a connection between the sighted and non-sighted worlds eradicating misconceptions and long-held stereotypes about people with vision loss.
Abby can also help you find great fashion and style items at her very cool e-commerce site AbigailStyle.com, where she lets your attitude dictate your fashion direction with stylish apparel and related merchandise designed by visually impaired women for both sighted and non-sighted women.
You can join Abby on boldblindbeauty.com at Abby’s Corner where discussions are always about fashion and style – and being bold, blind and beautiful!
The Harmony of Beauty & Blindness
“It’s not about the dress you wear, but it’s about the life you lead in the dress.” ~Diana Vreeland
Living in a culture that places a great amount of emphasis on physical beauty, as blind and VI women we can often feel left out. However, in some ways, I believe we are better equipped to appreciate the beauty in the world around us since the lack of sight helps us to filter out those things that do not enhance our lives.
1. Be You – Delight in your femininity. Love you. Validate you. Trust you. As you begin each day remind yourself that you are enough. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and reject the notion that you have to fit in. Be courageous, be authentic, know your worth.
2. Grooming – Think of yourself as a work of art. Treat yourself as the masterpiece you are by prepping the canvas that is you; bask in the practice of daily personal grooming.
3. Cosmetics – Let go of the belief there is something wrong with you that needs to be fixed. Choose to wear cosmetics because you want to experience the feeling of a physical transformation and not because you feel pressured to conform.
4. Clothing- Wear what you like; like what you wear, and above all else wear it with confidence. If it doesn’t make you feel good, ditch it. Your wardrobe is an outward reflection of you, it requires great care and attention.
5. Accessories – Indulge in accents to supplement your outfit and unleash your personality. From jewelry, bags, belts, footwear, headwear (including wigs) and let’s not forget our white canes.
Beauty is so much more than a shiny exterior. Beauty, real beauty, is deep, passionate, and resides in the essence of you; your character.
Being real is fabulous!
Image: Real Beauty Transcends Barriers | “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive one another.” Sexy red midi dress, black heels, black handbag and the white cane. Image is the property of www.boldblindbeauty.com and www.abigailstyle.com