The Raw Beauty Project NYC Teams Up with the Reeve Foundation to Host a Groundbreaking Photography Exhibit

To challenge the definition of beauty, The Raw Beauty Project NYC will unveil photos of twenty women living with physical disabilities founder, Wendy Crawford

To ignite a global conversation and transform stereotypes, The Raw Beauty Project NYC has partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to showcase an exhibit of photographs featuring twenty women living with various types of disabilities. Proving there is no singular definition of beauty, the photographs will be unveiled at ACA Galleries on September 20, 2014, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Reeve Foundation.

Often, women living with disabilities are depicted as victims or defined by their injury or condition. The Raw Beauty Project NYC aims to redefine beauty by challenging stereotypes, celebrating courageous stories and breaking down barriers for the millions of women living with physical and sensory challenges. The twenty women—whose disabilities range from spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, to cerebral palsy—posed for renowned photographers for the upcoming exhibit.

One of the models, Wendy Crawford, was part of the original Raw Beauty Miami exhibit in 2006. When Crawford, a former fashion model, was 19-years-old, she was in a car accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury. Since her injury, Crawford has been outspoken on the need to evolve the definition of beauty, which has become limiting and unattainable for women living with disabilities.

“There are millions of women living with and without disabilities that battle society’s perception of what is beautiful on a daily basis", said Crawford, who is also the founder of an online resource and blog for women with physical disabilities. “It is the goal of Raw Beauty to prove there are no limits on beauty or capabilities. Through the photographs and the women’s stories we will show that it is possible to move past obstacles and embrace life.  The Raw Beauty Project is a celebration of all women. Those attending the exhibit, will be moved, touched and inspired to do the same in their own lives.”

Beyond Crawford, models include well-known disability advocates such as Angela Rockwood and Danielle Sheypuk. To capture the photographs, The Raw Beauty Project enlisted photographers whose resumes include Vanity Fair, Allure, Sports Illustrated, Glamour, GQ, Nylon Magazine, as well as work with Mercedes, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monaco, Target, Old Navy and Tresemme. Interestingly enough, one of the photographers, Walter Chin, photographed Wendy Crawford as a young model prior to the accident.

“When Wendy asked me to join The Raw Beauty Project, I realized that this was a chance to shift perceptions and ignite a dialog on the importance of supporting and celebrating women living with disabilities,” said Chin. “We have let these stereotypes persist for too long and the only way to break the cycle is to show the beauty and bravery of women with disabilities. To me, this campaign is telling twenty stories of inspiration through the lens of a camera to encourage millions of women worldwide to join the Raw Beauty movement.”

To drum up excitement for the campaign and photography exhibit, The Raw Beauty Project NYC also launched a 30-day social media challenge asking supporters to post photos of people who embody the spirit of Raw Beauty and tag #RawBeautyNYC to help fuel the cause.

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About The Raw Beauty Project
About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal.  For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-225-0292.


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Raw Beauty Project NYC Social Media Campaign - Your Chance to Participate!

There are millions of people living with and without disabilities who battle society’s perception of what is beautiful on a daily basis.  For too long, we have accepted a limited definition of what is beautiful and have shied away from challenging perceptions. Well it’s time to change…
Enter 30 Days of Raw Beauty!
For 30 days (ends Sept.20, 2014), we are challenging everyone (both men and women) to take to social media and rally support for Raw Beauty.
The Raw Beauty Project was born with a purposeful mission - to inspire the public to create new perceptions, transform stereotypes and breakthrough personal obstacles by expanding awareness of women with physical challenges.
Join us to support the disability community and help transform stigmas and redefine beauty for all of us. Here's how:
·       Take a photo of yourself or anyone who inspires you with a sign that says #RawBeautyNYC
·       Share your photo on social media using #RawBeautyNYC
·       Suggested message:
I support #RawBeautyNYC. Do you? Post your photo & together let's transform stereotypes
Want to do more?
Please share this message with your family members, friends, influencers and colleagues so they too can join us and post their photos -- the more photos posted, the louder our collective voice is to break down barriers.
Watch a preview of the Raw Beauty Project NYC and get a sneak peek of a few off the Raw Beauty models at work. 
Attend, be a sponsor or give a donation for the groundbreaking photography exhibit that showcases the true beauty and sensuality of women living with disabilities with photos by high-profile photographers on September 20, 2014, at ACA Galleries in New York City. To learn more, visit . No donation is too small!
Post your photo now. We will be keeping an eye out for #RawBeautyNYC tagged photos to share on our social media!
Take the Raw Beauty challenge and prove there is no singular definition of beauty, and we are all beautiful no matter the circumstance or story. Together, let’s ignite a global conversation, embrace the raw beauty that exists in each one of us and celebrate life!


  1. What an amazing concept in bringing to light the truth that women with disabilities are strong and beautiful too! Thanks so much for this! Will definitely share.

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