These Photos Prove "Beauty Isn't Determined by Ability"
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"Women with disabilities haven't been represented in the media much," Crawford says, "so people have a false sense of how we should look." In response, in 2006, she joined five other women to create Uncensored Life: Raw Beauty, an exhibition featuring stunning portraits of unconventional models. Last year she helped launch a spin-off, The Raw Beauty Project NYC, which debuted in New York with photos of 20 models, including Crawford in an elegant black gown.
"People have told me they never saw women with disabilities as sensual—until viewing these pictures," says Crawford, now 50. "They're a reminder that beauty isn't determined by ability." For more on the exhibit, a partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, visit RawBeautyNYC.com.
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