|mobileWOMEN.org writer, Kara Aiello|
Recently, I was honored to join Wendy Crawford and other mobileWOMEN.org members in viewing the second annual Raw Beauty Project in NYC, the first being held in 2006 in Miami Florida. Raw Beauty Project NYC consisted of 20 models with various physical disabilities and was held at the ACA Galleries on September 20, 2014. About 200 people were at the exhibit many of whom use wheelchairs themselves. But the project also brought out family members, friends and many others who wanted to see what this rare event was about.
|Katharine Crawford photographed by Daryl Henderson|
Recently, I watched a short video called "Because Who is Perfect?' of a Swiss Artist who wanted to have people with visible disabilities model to create mannequins to be displayed in Zurich department stores. The models lived with various disabilities such as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Scoliosis, amputations and one model was a little person. The essence of this project was to display these models in their own raw beauty and create dialog, even if uncomfortable, to begin to challenge how we view the human body. The outcome showed people looking on in curious wonder as many had never seen anything like this. But over time with such a project, one hopes that this can create a new normal that can expand.
|Raw Beauty NYC model, Monique Stamps and Kara |
To learn more about Raw Beauty Project NYC and to see their inspiring behind-the-scenes video, go to www.rawbeautynyc.com.
Kara Aiello is a new contributor for mobileWOMEN.org! Although Kara has Osteogenesis Imperfecta which simply means brittle bones, Kara has studied dance for over 16 years now and currently dances with American Dance Wheels Foundation. But for the bulk of her dance career she danced with Kardon.. Kara works as a licensed therapist part time at an inpatient mental health facility and as a Free Lance writer for Montgomery County Community College. She also sings with the Academy Chorale as the arts are an important part of her life.