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Meet Egypt's daring and ambitious wheelchair model

Meet Egypt's daring and ambitious wheelchair model

Egypt

Meet Rania Roushdy, although disabled is making a name by modeling in a wheelchair.

She started facing difficulties in walking at the age of three, she was able to stand shortly at the age of 19 but now she is no longer able to walk.

She believes that disability isn’t inability and wants to challenge the public’s perception of beauty.

The chair will not disable me from doing anything nor will the fact that I do not walk on my legs stop me. On the contrary the chair is motivating me to do anything or better than those who are able.

“After finishing university I started as a hijab and make up model. Then I started to ask why should I not enter the modeling industry. It is very hard and no one is helping me. People were telling me it will be hard and it is not going to work. Thank God I have been doing this for two and a half years. Now I don’t only have a team but more like friends who are helping me such as photographers and make-up artists,” Rania Roushdy said.

Rousdy considers herself differently disabled and says she wants to be a role model for the new generation of disabled Egyptians by proving that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

“I want to prove that a wheelchair will not stop me from what I want to do. The chair will not disable me from doing anything nor will the fact that I do not walk on my legs stop me. On the contrary the chair is motivating me to do anything or better than those who are able,” Roushdy added.

Many people discouraged Roushdy when she spoke about her dreams.

fashion houses are still yet to agree that she models their dresses, but that has not deterred Rousdy who says that has instead pushed her to design dresses and model them.

Some of the dresses are hard to wear for disabled models but Rousdy says the photo sessions make her happy.

Reuters
Photo credit – What Women Want

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