8 Fashion And Beauty Influencers To Follow Who Are Also Disability Advocates
Wardrobe and makeup inspo time
All too often when it comes to fashion and beauty blogging, it can feel like you’re looking at a cookie cutter stamp of the same person over and over. When it comes to body shape, skin colour, ability and lifestyle, there’s not a whole lot of variety going on at the top.
But dig a little deeper and there ARE amazing influencers out there doing something a little bit different, who need way more kudos and attention for their awesome content.
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You might think that living with a disability (visible or invisible) could mean some changes to your personal style, your wardrobe or even the contents of your makeup bag - but this lot definitely prove otherwise.
Making the fashion and beauty blogging world a whole lot more accessible, inclusive and inspirational, here’s 8 influencers to follow asap who are also brilliant disability advocates.
1. Jordan Bone
Jordan has become a fashion and beauty blogging fave over the past couple of years after she opened up about her struggles with depression, following a car accident which left her paralysed from the chest down when she was 15 years old.
She’s pretty much the only girl to turn to if you want a lesson in the perfect night out makeup or a poppin’ highlight, and you can pick up her book My Beautiful Struggle for a seriously inspiring read, too. Follow Jordan HERE.
2. Tess Daly
You’ve probably seen Tess all over your Facebook and Insta feeds thanks to her on point outfits and ability to do eyeshadow like it’s some kind of magical power, but it’s not just her blending skills that are inspirational.
Tess was disagonised with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2 at just 18 months old and has been in a wheel chair ever since. Not that it gets in the way, though - she’s currently got over 100k Instagram followers and a brand new YouTube channel, too. Follow Tess HERE.
3. Kaitlyn Dobrow
Watching Kaitlyn’s YouTube vids feels like you’re chatting to a best friend - a best friend who also happens to be awesome at beauty tutorials. Oh, and those flawless makeup looks are applied with prosthetic limbs by the way - no biggie.
Kaitlyn contracted bacterial meningitis in 2013 and underwent a lifechanging quadruple amputation. She’s incredibly inspiring, but also extremely talented with some ridiculously cool makeup techniques everyone can learn from. Follow Kaitlyn HERE.
4. Emily Davison
When it comes to down to earth, day to day cosy content, Emily's blog needs to be your first stop with everything from winter wardrobe hauls to current fave makeup products. It's pretty clear that beauty is a serious passion for Emily and the girl knows her stuff.
She's also on the pretty brilliant mission to change people's perceptions of sight loss, using her own experiences to prove that you can be severly visually impaired and still be fashionable and on trend af. Follow Emily HERE.
5. Grace Mandeville
When we grow up, we wanna be as cool as Grace Mandeville. You've basically gone and found your brand new ultimate style inspo right here, with an Instagram feed is full of 70s-inspired throwback vibes outfits that'll leave you seriously in love.
Grace also happens to have one hand, but she's super chill about the whole thing - she's spoken about it candidly (and sarcastically) on her YouTube channel. Follow Grace HERE.
6. Jillian Mercado
Jillian describes herself as a 'model, creative, activist, Latina, & loving life', which is a pretty great combo of qualities. She suffers from muscular dystrophy and has been in a wheelchair since the age of three, but Jillian has also built a towering fashion career which saw her become the face of Beyonce's fashion line in 2016.
Her Instagram proves that she's got a killer sense of style and Jillian definitely isn't afraid to experiment with different fashion and beauty looks despite her disability. She literally slays every time. Follow Jillian HERE.
7. Cailey Darling
Cailey is an empowering mega babe who stands up for inclusivity for all when it comes to both plus size bodies and (as she herself is declared legally blind) disability. With unwavering confidence and some next level outfit posts, Cailey champions fat positivity and the validity of invisible illness.
Head over to her Instagram to see brave, bold and bright outfits and looks that stick a middle finger up to society - we're particularly obsessed with her sassy swimwear posts. Follow Cailey HERE.
Shelby is just starting out on her journey into the world of fashion and beauty influencers, but has already been picked out by Missguided for the fierce sense of style that she rocks day to day. Her condition is called Spinal Muscular Astrophy, but definitely doesn't stop her from dressing like a total Instagram queen.
Expect to see sassy heels, knee high boots, oversized denim jackets and sequin dresses from Shelby, and check out her YouTube vlogs for more insight into living with disability. Follow Shelby HERE.
Words by Lucy Wood