"Using her own story to inspire others, Xian is challenging traditional ideas of what beauty is. 'One of the most important things we can do is throw out the idea of perfection and usher in authenticity,' she told me. 'I’ve learned that what I can do is tell my story, and hope that that inspires someone else to tell their story or to recognize the beauty that’s in them. Because I think that’s the power of telling our stories…'
It is your stories that have encouraged the President to continue advocating for the 50 million Americans with disabilities. Thank you Xian for all you do to encourage our youth. Your story has inspired us all.
-The White House Blog
Ronnie Cho, (Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement)
Xian Horn’s non-fiction work “Cinderella and the Craters of the Moon” is set to be published in the forthcoming Red Tent: The Things We Don’t Talk About, A Women’s Anthology. In August of 2010, Xian Horn was named a finalist in the first ever SheWrites.com Passion Project competition. Click here to view Xian’s original piece: Late Bloomer and more in her Press and Public Support section.
In 2009, Xian was named semi-finalist of the international Wildsounds’ Screenplay Competition. Also in 2009, Xian performed a personal monologue in Visible Theatre's True Story Project: Faith. Thanks to the phenomenal response of audiences to her story, she saw the pervasive need for positive role models and the positive effect she could have on girls with and without disabilities.
To get more of Xian's origins, work, and perspective, listen to her audio interview with Jasmine Flores on Loud Mute Radio
Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy serving as writer, mentor, teacher, and positivity activist. A member of an international network of extraordinary women, 85 Broads, she was heralded by founder Janet Hanson as an “amazing role model for all women.”
With her personal stories and ongoing mentoring work, Xian Horn is invested in contributing positively to self-esteem and the collective self-image, especially for women. Starting in 2010 with a popular YouTube video, Xian has called for the inclusion of people with disabilities in various beauty campaigns.
In June of 2014, Xian was the first ever alumni Commencement Speaker at NYC Lab School, her alma mater. She has spoken at the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, New York Life’s Enable Program, ReelAbilities Film Festival, UJA Federation, NYU, BMCC, and the JCC Manhattan, among others. See The Latest for upcoming engagements!
As disability/beauty advocate and teacher, Xian Horn has ongoing programs with NYU’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities' Young Women's Program, leading a workshop she created, called Give Beauty Wings (also the name of her new organization). She has also taught at M.S.131 in Chinatown, Standing Tall, a non-verbal school, CIDNY, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, NYC Chapter of National Spinal Cord Injury Association, United Cerebral Palsy and many others.
Xian's work has also expanded to Florida where she has spoken at New Hope Church's Beyond the Veil, the global community House of Gaia. She was asked to work with Freedom Waters and KNEADS beginning in June of 2014.
Xian Horn serves as blogger for Positively Positive, an army of 2 million positive people. Xian serves as mentor with IMentor in NYC since 20011, The Future Project, and The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities' Disability Mentoring Day since 2012. She’s a member of the New York Women’s Foundation’s Committee for the Future. In her spare time, she runs with Achilles’ International a non-profit group which trains and enrolls people with disabilities in marathons throughout the city.
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