People Are Sharing #DisabledAndCute Photos And It’s Beautifully Empowering

“I started it because I wanted to continue feeling good about myself,” Keah Brown told BuzzFeed News.

1. A writer with cerebral palsy started the hashtag #DisabledAndCute to make people feel good.

2. Although it took the 25-year-old a while to see anything positive in her own appearance, now she wanted to celebrate it, Brown told BuzzFeed News: “I wanted to share that feeling. I think that it is wonderful to see so many people sharing it.”

Keah Brown / Via Twitter: @Keah_Maria

3. And people loved it. Hundreds of people shared great pics of themselves.

i have a spinal cord lession at T10 which means i don't move or feel my legs, or can walk but hey!!! im still happy…

— ㅤ (@IittletroubIe)

7. Some expressed how difficult it can be showing they were more than the disability by which people defined them.

"the worst thing about a disability is that people see it before they see you." #DisabledAndCute #CerebralPalsy

— Lilly (@lfrank331)

#DisabledAndCute Chronic Lyme Disease, Severe Chronic Pain and Limited Mobility can't stop me from looking cute.

— Shaelene Robar (@aGirlWithLyme)

#disabledandcute ♿️😏💯

— BasedOnAWheelStory♿️ (@OsamaBinRollin)

Here's my fierce take on #DisabledAndCute

— alice wong (@SFdirewolf)

11. While lots of those with disabilities were visible, others also shared their invisible disabilities.

sickle cell ain't never kept ya girl down #invisiblediseases #disabledandcute

— Laelah (@laelahndifon)

12. And there were lots of people celebrating Brown for kicking off the hashtag in the first place.

My #disabledandcute friend 😍 #SheisTAKEN!

— Elizabeth (@IB_Elizabeth98)

Check out the tag #DisabledandCute created by @Keah_Maria, We're out here, we're not a monolith, disability is attractive.

— André J. Daughtry ♿♒ (@Tripping_Crutch)

#disabledandcute thank you @Keah_Maria for creating such an explosively simple, yet totally necessary hashtag. <3

— Andrew Gurza (@andrewgurza)

15. Brown added she “never thought” so many people would join in. “You don’t go in thinking ‘This will be viral!’ Or that it’s not going to fade away in a few hours let alone a few days,” she said. “It’s pretty cool.”

Keah Brown / Via Twitter: @Keah_Maria

16. The use of the word “cute” outside of the disabled community can be problematic, Brown said of the few negative comments she received.

We are often belittled & made to feel small. I just wanted everyone to celebrate themselves. I'm not trying to force anyone to do anything.

— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria)

17. “It’s a loaded word in the disability community because it can be very belittling when able bodied people call us cute. However, I think there’s power in taking back the word for myself.”

#DisabledandCute you are all so beautiful but most importantly, you are worthy of this feeling. Hold on to it, keep it for your bad days. <3

— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria)

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