Kylie Jenner's Criticized Wheelchair Pic Prompts Woman To Show Hers Off
A few weeks ago, Kylie Jenner posed in a wheelchair for Interview magazine and was criticized harshly for the cover shoot.
Many found the shoot extremely offensive to the disabled community, calling it "deeply disturbing" and "problematic."
One disabled woman recreated the shoot in an attempt to show the world what it really means to be disabled.
Now, even more disabled women are coming forward to share their stories and show off the wheelchairs they use on a daily basis.
One of those women is Arden Lee, a student who went to Tumblr to share her story. Lee was born with spinal muscular atrophy and started using a wheelchair when she was 6 years old.
Lee told BuzzFeed she usually crops out her wheelchair in photographs, but in response to Kylie Jenner's photo shoot, she too wanted to share images of herself in a wheelchair.
Arden added this series of photos of herself in the wheelchair she uses daily. She is seen in her room, hanging with friends and interacting with animals.
Along with the photos, Lee shared a message. She wrote,
I am not wasting away waiting to die, and I am not to be pitied. My wheelchair is an essential part of me that helps me live my life, not a prop to look edgy.
Let us not be seen only in very special episodes where the main character learns that if the wheelchair kid can overcome adversity, they can too. Let us be in your stories, just because. Let us be main characters because why not? Let us be real people because we are. I am the main character in my own life, and no one is suffering because of that.
Additionally, Lee told BuzzFeed she was angered with Kylie's decision to use a wheelchair as a "metaphor" for her struggles. She said Kylie used it to look "edgy" while claiming real people with disabilities are viewed as "pitiable."
Lee also said she posted these photos because she shouldn't be ashamed of her disability. Her wheelchair does not define who she is, and she wants us all to know that.