For the Real Beauty in Everyone! Represent: All Faces, All Bodies: All Beauties!
I (Xian Horn) am a joyful Half-Asian with Cerebral Palsy with a vision to expand the world's concept and representation of beauty: to celebrate new faces and new bodies. In recent years, I witnessed many of my beautiful friends struggle with self-esteem, body image, depression, and disability. Recognizing the deep need for honest, positive dialogue, I set out to make an impact on the beauty industry and the lives of girls and women in search of positive role models. Specifically, the unrepresented beauties with disabilities. It is said, that if you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. It is for this reason that I have chosen to stand up (despite stage fright and all possible objections) and serve - sharing what I believe - that absolutely everyone is beautiful. Period.
Beginning in 2011, I created a self-esteem curriculum, served as workshop leader, discussion group facilitator, and writing mentor with NYU’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities’ Young Women’s Program. I have since founded and tailored Give Beauty Wings workshops at various schools and organizations throughout the city.
Give Beauty Wings offers self-esteem programs for all ages that are tailored to individual and organizational needs. Give Beauty Wings provides mentoring, vocational support, educational, and media outreach. We encourage the universal beauty of everyone and the individual gifts and full potential of every participant (especially those with disabilities).
Taught by Xian and special guests, GBW Beauty Workshops focus on discussions and hands-on activities on a variety of topics: rethinking and examining culture, judgment, self-judgment, perfection, ability, disability, authenticity, gifts, career, and life purpose.
To understand more of Xian's beliefs and what she stands for, please read her interview with Barnard's Center for Research on Women.
For a full list collaborators and more info, see: About Xian and the Latest. For more on her perspective, visit: Xian’s Blog on Positively Positive, a community of more than 2 million readers. Feel free to listen to her candid audio interview for the popular blog, Loud Mute Radio.
If you know an organization, school, or individual that can benefit from Xian's Give Beauty Wings programs or have stories of your own you would like to share, please e-mail: email@example.com.
Xian was honored to be chosen as Exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge for the creation of Assistive Technology. AT&T created a video about Xian, and this project that can be viewed here:
Her newest endeavor is called Changeblazer, Inc, and advocacy, vocational and leadership consultancy working with organizations looking to diversify and focused in aiding the underserved - especially those with disabilities.