Glamour, confidence, and disability.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for checking in to see what’s new and exciting with Classy Little Fashions Foundation!

DSC_3488Being this unique organization’s spokesmodel provides endless opportunities to meet new people and engage in meaningful activities that enrich the lives of outgoing adults with disabilities. This is a welcomed change for me because I have not always been an active member of the disabled community.

Many years ago, when I was still trying to figure out how to be a confident and successful woman with a disability, I participated in the Ms. Wheelchair Ohio pageant. Although I didn’t win the crown, I made lasting memories and had a fabulous time. That was my first experience interacting with a group of women who were truly my peers. It was an empowering step toward becoming the woman I am today.

Now, I get to support other women with disabilities on their exciting journey! On July 28th & 29th, I will have the honor of being a judge at the Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant, sponsored by the Dane Foundation. The mission of this pageant is to promote glamour, self-confidence, and community service…celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities.

Please come join in the fun and support these amazing women! If you can’t be there in person, do not dispair because it will be live-streamed on YouTube! For further details, visit Ms. Wheelchair USA on Facebook. Also, I will be debuting Classy Little Fashions Foundation’s hottest new exclusive designs!

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Keepin’ it classy,

Jane Hash, Co-Founding Director

Beauty innovators collaborate

Dear friends and supporters,

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Model is wearing exclusive CLFF design jeans with an altered and embellished crop. Photo by Alternative Noise Productions

The definition of the word “beauty” is expanding and we couldn’t be more excited! For far too long people with disabilities were left out of the world of fashion and beauty because it wasn’t accessible to us. However, thanks to collaborative efforts like (dis)Abled Beauty, that’s all changing.

What started many years ago as a woman’s desire for a stylish cochlear implant (CI) and her friendship with a fashion major, lead to the manifestation of (dis)Abled Beauty.

Tameka Ellington, assistant professor of fashion at Kent State University and Stacey Lim, assistant professor of audiology at Central Michigan University are friends and co-curators of this groundbreaking exhibit.

(dis)Abled Beauty

(dis)Abled Beauty

We were fortunate to have the opportunity to see the (dis)Abled Beauty exhibit recently, which is currently at the Kent State University museum. It was amazing! Several niche fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and organizations are developing innovative methods of meeting the complex fashion needs of people with disabilities.

The exhibit includes high style prosthetic covers by ALLELS studio, jeans designed for people with Down Syndrome by Downs Designs, shirts with magnetic buttons for those with dexterity impairments by Runway of Dreams, and stylish clothes for adults with asymmetrical body-types due to physical disability by Classy Little Fashions Foundation.

That’s right! We are part of the exhibit!

There will be an ALLELS reception and lecture on February 18th at the Bit Factory and Spectrum Gallery in Akron, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public. It will be an excellent opportunity to hear what some of the artists and technologists have to say about their work. In representing Classy Little Fashions Foundation, I will be among the panel of lecturers and I am ecstatic! For further details about this exciting event, see the (dis)Abled Beauty press release.

 

Keepin’ it classy,

Jane Hash, Co-Founding Director