I feel like I’m a slave to beauty, and that’s not something I can escape.
It’s the biggest problem that I have with myself, says beauty artist and mother of two, Taryn Williams.
I’ve never felt like I was happy with myself in my life.
I just know that it’s my job to be beautiful.
Williams, who was born with a congenital birth defect that left her with a deformed face, began performing her work in 2010.
She says she’s been able to overcome her crippling fear of being rejected and a crippling depression because she believes she has a greater chance of success as an artist because of her disability.
Williams is the co-founder of The Beauty Revolution, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities access the talents they need to thrive.
Williams’s goal is to provide the same kinds of support to people with developmental disabilities as they would to anyone else.
“I really believe that we need to be open to the possibilities of people with these disabilities.
If they have the right opportunity, they can be amazing and people can see that they’re not crazy,” she says.
Williams is one of many women working to combat the stigma around disability and to change the perceptions of those who suffer.
But for some, it’s a battle they can’t win.
“We’ve got a lot of people who are born with disabilities that are being told that their disability makes them less than, which is a really sad thought,” says Jessica Soto, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, which advocates for access to services and opportunities for people with disability.
“It is a problem because it’s the invisible, it is a part of us, it has no identity.
It has no place in the public discourse.
And so people are going to see that and assume that we’re less than and that we should just hide it away.
It makes it harder for us to see our disabilities as anything other than our disability.”
Williams says she doesn’t mind having her work on display.
“I do think that [my disability] has made me better,” she admits.
“The only thing that makes me more beautiful than anyone else is having my own life.”
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