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Self Love and Facing Adversity

My name is Lolly. I’m 21 years old and I have Crohn’s Disease. Crohn’s Disease is an auto-immune disorder in which the body attacks tissues predominately (although not exclusively) in the bowel. I have spent 5 years dealing with this chronic condition and at the beginning of this year I underwent life changing surgery to form a Colostomy.   Over the years Crohn's disease has had a great impact on the way my body looks and functions, both due to surgical procedures and various medications. This has inevitably had a lasting effect on my self confidence and my relationship with my body.   Until recently, I had spent the majority of my time living with the more severe stages of...

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Self Love and Dance: A story of growing and teaching how to love yourself

tw/cw eating disorders Preface:  Emma Butler, Intimately's Founder Often times we are stuck in one or two boxes surrounding our identity: "black, woman" or "teen, wheelchair user" or "mom, breast cancer survivor" and this prevents us from exploring all the complex sides we have. We aren't just defined by one thing that was predetermined for us, but rather a culmination of things we havent chosen (like our race, assigned gender, age) and things we do choose (like who we choose as friends, what we love to do). I've been thinking a lot about these boxes and how they have affected my behavior and how they affect my friend's behaviors. Often when we struggle with one thing or focus on one label...

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Intimately’s Founder on Invisible Disabilities

Dear All Women, My name is Emma and I am the founder of Intimately. I truly believe that every woman, no matter her ability, should have a fun, relaxing and accessible shopping experience. I have tried to curate a few of my favorite brands of lingerie that are cute and practical and fit many different women’s needs. I realize we have many more types of undergarments to curate and I hope to bring that to you soon. I wanted to briefly talk about a topic that has come up a lot as I have begun to launch this project: visible versus invisible disabilities. Frequent questions I get asked are why isn’t every model in a wheelchair? Or why are you...

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"What Makes Me Feel Sexy" with Maddi Niebanck

MEET MADDI NIEBANCK  Maddi is a 2017 graduate of Georgetown University and author of  Fashion Fwd: How Today's Cultures Shapes Tomorrow Fashion. During her free time Maddi can be found perusing the latest edition of Vogue and mentoring fellow entrepreneurs as they strive to discover their greatest potentials. A week after her college graduation, Maddi suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that left her paralyzed on her left side. For the past year and a half, she's been working hard to (quite literally) get back on her feet and pursue her love for fashion. She wrote Fashion Fwd while undergoing intense physical, occupational, and cognitive therapy as a way to kickstart her new life of purpose.     What makes you feel beautiful: A killer pair of...

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My Journey to Self-Love as a Person With a Disability

Growing up with a disability was definitely different, but not in a terrible way as people may think. Many people have stereotypes of how people with disabilities live their lives. They think they should feel sorry for us, or that we can’t do anything ourselves or need to be fixed. I will get the occasional comments like, “I’m so sorry,” or “I hope you feel better” just for being in a wheelchair.

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