15 women with disabilities who are killing the Instagram fashion game… You better wake up and pay attention.
Women with disabilities are often marginalized in the fashion industry. For instance, when’s the last time a woman with a visible disability graced a magazine cover? Designers have begun the process of being more inclusive by letting women with disabilities grace their runways, but that hasn’t translated to larger opportunities within fashion.
Although women with disabilities are seemingly invisible in fashion, there’s one place where they’re slaying the game: Instagram.
There are a number of hashtags devoted to women with disabilities who love fashion, including #DisabledAndCute, a viral hashtag created by writer and activist Keah Brown. Those hashtags are flooded with gorgeous photos of beautiful women who have created enviable outfits we should all be pinning on our “must-have” Pinterest boards.
Here are 16 fashion bloggers with disabilities who are slaying the Instagram game:
1. There’s no such thing as too much color-blocking.
2. Pairing stripes with distressed jeans is always a good idea.
3. A simple outfit set off by a turquoise corduroy skirt? Yes please!
5. Between the leather booties, the Beyoncé “Formation” hat, and the lace hem, there are few things are as fashionable as this outfit.
7. You better rock those boyfriend jeans!
8. Olivia Pope would be proud of this trench coat.
10. Yellow is definitely her color!
11. Slay girl, slay!
Today I start my fifth year of teaching college students. I always wonder what it's like for them on that first day when their instructor shows up to class using a wheelchair. In all my years as a student, I never had a teacher with a visible disability. Are they curious about it? Does it feel odd to them? How quickly do they get used to it? Do they even think about it at all? I'm not really sure. Here's one thing I like, though: this year I will have been a teacher to something like 360 students. That's 360 more youngens on planet earth who now have an image in their minds of a smart, capable, paralyzed instructor leading their class, and that's an image I'm happy to put into the world.