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BEAUTIFUL Stories: Art, Disability, Beauty with Glenneisha Dawkins

 Glenneisha Darkins: Dismantling Perceptions of Disability & Broadening Perceptions of Beauty | Photo and Video by Breonca Trofort

Glenneisha Darkins: Dismantling Perceptions of Disability & Broadening Perceptions of Beauty | Photo and Video by Breonca Trofort

When asked to write a reflection on this experience I laughed, knowing the challenge it would be to find specific words, worthy enough of expressing my experience. I walked into Glenny's room nervous, like a child starting school for the first time.  That nervousness was soon transformed into inspiration.

It was such an honor and privilege to document Glenny, as she created a masterpiece in front of my lens. How could I have gotten so lucky? I've been on multiple film and movie sets but I've never met a painter comparable to a director. Her precision of where to move the canvas, whether to shift or tilt it, how much paint to mix to get the exact color she wanted, was like watching a director coordinate every crew member on set. Her attention to detail with every brush stroke, was like watching a violinist draw their bow across each string for the perfect sound. Her momentum was like a long distance runner, admirable, where breaks were only taken to clean her brush or mix the paint. I was speechless. 

Her courage, strength, and wisdom is admirable and that experience has fueled me for 2016. I'm beyond blessed that my year began with this project! 

-Breonca
BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ Lead Artist
B. Alyssa Trofort Photography


"That’s one thing I like about my life.  It’s raw and real --unscripted and imperfect, but it’s also beautiful…because it’s me." -Glenneisha Dawkins

Glenneisha A. Dawkins is the author of FREEDOM CHAIR: An Open Diary of a Quadriplegic
She is a "Student, Striver, and Paints on Occassion"
Instagram: Glen.Neisha
Twitter: whoisglenny

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Say Her Name: My name is Chisom

Beautiful, powerful moment.

After each BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE empowerment workshop on a college campus, we create space for community dialogue to reflect on the shared experience and to offer up lessons learned as a result of being invited into our unique approach of exploring and affirming self identity.

Watch as this University of Arizona student takes one of the most important steps in her journey to proclaim her self identity and inspires an entire room of her peers to do the same.  In one minute she reclaims 18 years of her life
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BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE™ is is a grassroots empowerment movement affirming and celebrating the beauty found in every human being.  http://www.beautifulineveryshade.com