What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry
I am 26 years old and I have cerebral palsy. I am also a writer, journalist, activist, and I travel around the world speaking about disability and representation. But my humanity can sometimes take a back seat in the eyes of strangers, who are often agitated by my mere presence, or feel entitled to answers about my disability, as if it is my only trait. I experience this every time I enter public spaces. The eyes on me are unforgiving; some people even go as far as making snide remarks when I pass by. In stores, I sometimes feel like I am at a press conference. People feel they have the right to assume that I was in some mysterious car accident (I wasn’t), or to walk up to me and ask questions about my body.
Article Written By: KEAH BROWN
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