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Beauty project empowering women in wheelchairs

One photography exhibit is pushing the boundaries of beauty with its series of striking women with disabilities.

One photography exhibition is pushing the boundaries of beauty with its series of striking women with disabilities.
In a move that is meant to empower them, the Raw Beauty NYC photography project is giving women in wheelchairs the opportunity to model in a sensual and sexy way to change perceptions and transform stereotypes.
One of the people bringing Raw to life is Wendy Crawford, 49, whose career as a model was changed forever after a car accident left her a quadriplegic at age 19.
"One of the things that really excites me about the raw beauty project is that it turns the traditional sense of beauty upside down," said Crawford.
"[The subjects] become empowered by it, and realise there are so many other things they can do."
Tapping into a world that is not often seen in mainstream media these women are proving that beauty is so much more than skin deep.
The photographs were unveiled at ACA Galleries in September with all proceeds from the event going to the Reeve Foundation in a bid to find a cure for spinal injury.

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