What is beautiful?
We photographers can see beauty in pretty much anything. Our eyes are trained to notice the beauty that surrounds us, whether in the extraordinary or the mundane. The ladies in this photography project are anything but mundane or ordinary. Raw Beauty NYC is an “innovative visual arts project designed to inspire the public to create new perceptions, transform stereotypes and breakthrough personal obstacles by expanding awareness of women with physical challenges.”
Raw Beauty NYC is a collaboration between the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and mobileWOMEN.org and features 20 women with a variety of disabilities photographed by one of ten photographers for an exhibit to showcase their sensuality and empowerment. The ladies share their stories in both word and images and their beauty and strength shine through.
Quadriplegic Wendy Crawford, one of the women featured in this project, was an up and coming fashion model on her way to her first international assignment when she was hit by a drunk driver. Now, 30 years later, Wendy is again in front of the camera, this time with her wheelchair. She hopes to empower other women with disabilities to gain more confidence and show that women with disabilities can still be sexy and gorgeous.
Last month, the photos were on display at a gallery in Manhattan and sold to benefit the Reeve Foundation
Watch the video below and check out the Raw Beauty Project NYC website to read the stories of these 20 stunning and inspirational women and see the images on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation website.