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The NYC Raw Beauty Exhibit Shatters Stereotypes With Stunning Photos Of Women With Disabilities

The Raw Beauty NYC exhibit just launched to celebrate the new partnership between mobileWOMEN and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The exhibit is the latest project by mobileWOMEN founder Wendy Crawford and Raw Beauty Project founders Vanessa Silberman and Shelly Baer. Their shared goal is to portray disabled women as the beautiful people they are.

The Raw Beauty Project pair previously took the Uncensored Life: Raw Beauty exhibit to Miami with the sole purpose of breaking stereotypes and shattering shallow perceptions of people with disabilities. In their NYC exhibit, they kept the same mission, displaying photos of women who are not defined by their disabilities. Sixteen world-renowned photographers worked with 20 beautiful women with various types of disabilities, capturing glimpse into their lives. Every photo is paired with a caption telling each model’s story.

These portraits are stunning.

Sara

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Christy

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Aimee

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Image via Viral Spell

Kitty

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Cheryl

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Image via Viral Spell

Andrea

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Angela

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Maggie

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Image via Raw Beauty NYC

MobileWOMEN is an online magazine for women in wheelchairs which discusses fashion, health, and everything else in between. The website was started by Wendy Crawford, who was paralyzed after a drunk driver hit her when she was 19 years old. The site’s purpose is to educate, connect with, and improve access for those with disabilities.

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Image via Raw Beauty NYC

This incredible project creates a much needed awareness to the fact that their handicaps don’t define people with disabilities. It gives an opportunity for everyone to appreciate their skills, talents, personalities, and beauty. The project is calling for a change in attitude and pre-conceived notions, and simultaneously inspires others with disabilities to embrace their own beauty.

Donations to the website go to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and then fund research focused on spinal cord injuries. Another purpose of donations is improving quality of life and providing grants to those living with paralysis.

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