In 2017, Keah Brown started #DisabledAndCute. She has since used the platform to help herself and others advocate for self-love.
“I really struggled with, you know, self-confidence, and I had really low self-esteem, and I just didn’t like myself because our society kind of pushes disabled people aside, and I kind of internalized that,” she explained.
Brown started saying four things that she liked about herself in the mirror every day, which she found made her feel better about herself. She decided to coin a hashtag that empower her and others with disabilities to feel “cute.”
“It’s not an either-or situation, it’s a both,” she explained. “It sounds so silly, you know, but I think that the more you do it, the easier it will get.”
Brown has been published in outlets like Harper’s Bazaar, and Glamour, but she says her book “The Pretty One” was a rare opportunity to write about subjects she’s passionate about, as well as her disability.
“I wanted each [publisher] to know that I was going to talk about disability because it mattered to me, but I wanted that room to be able to talk about things that I don’t often get the chance to talk about,” she explained.
Brown says she hopes her visibility in a mostly what and able-bodied world can inspire people to see value in their differences.