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Model With Down Syndrome Chosen As New Face For Cosmetic Brand

It’s 2019 and the world’s standards for beauty have drastically changed in the last few years. Beauty in 2019 is diverse and companies like Gillette Venus and Benefit Cosmetics are catching on.

That’s why Benefit Cosmetics has made Kate Grant, a 20-year-old model with Down syndrome, one of their new brand ambassadors.

The makeup company told TODAY that they “instantly fell in love” after watching a video about her journey to become Ireland’s first model with Down syndrome. Grant went on to win the 2018 Teen Ultimate Beauty of the World pageant which made her the first pageant winner with Down syndrome, according to Daily Mail.

“Her amazing energy was so infectious and we were captivated by her incredible zest for life and determination,” Benefit Cosmetics said in a statement. “She embodied everything we stand for as a brand so we knew we had to find a way to work with her.”

Grant was selected to promote the brand’s new Roller Liner Eyeliner in social media ads.

The company said their hope that Grant’s ads will show people “that beauty and makeup shots can absolutely feature people from all walks of life.”

Grant’s mother, Deidre, said that her daughter’s goal is to inspire people with disabilities to follow their dreams.

  Jun 11, 2019

Born without hands, Kerala girl writes exam with feet and scores A+ in all subjects

Devika from Malappuram, who has chosen to study Humanities next, was felicitated by Kerala Police Chief Lokanath Behera.

In their voices is surprise. Devika and her parents do not seem to think she has done anything extraordinary by scoring A+ in all subjects for her 10th grade exams this year. That Devika from Malappuram, Kerala, has written all her exams with her feet might have shocked an outsider but to the family, it is an everyday affair. That’s how Devika, born without hands, has always written.

“It’s been like that since birth,” says Devika’s dad Sajeev, a senior civil police officer in Thenhipalam police station, Malappuram. Only a day ago, Devika was felicitated by Kerala Police Chief Lokanath Behera. It is her will power and mental strength that helped her to succeed, he said, while honouring Devika.

She's an average student, say her modest parents. It is Sujitha, the homemaker mother, who got Devika to hold the pencil between her feet and learn the alphabet, when she was ready to join school. “Teachers at her school helped too, of course. They have all come to visit her after the results were out,” says Sujitha.

Devika can write in Malayalam, English and Hindi. She finished her 10th standard from the Chandan Brothers Higher Secondary School in Vallikunnu, and has now chosen Humanities for Class XI.

“I like Social Studies,” says Devika, who has very little to speak about her achievements. She likes to sing a little, Sujitha offers.

The SSLC results came earlier this month and Kerala secured an impressive pass percentage of 98.11, a 0.27 per cent increase from the pass percentage last year. In a way, it seems right that Devika’s parents do not make her grades such a big deal in a state where a father recently assaulted his son with a shovel for scoring A+ in all the subjects but one. 

 

  Jun 08, 2019

Creative Mom Turns Children’s Hearing Aids into Superheroes to Boost Their Confidence

With a 4-year-old son who was diagnosed with profound deafness and hearing loss just months after his birth, UK mother Sarah Ivermee is all too familiar with the struggles of fitting a child with cochlear implants and other hearing aids. One often neglected issue is the teasing or sense of alienation that children may experience as a result of being the only one in a group of peers with a hearing device. After learning that the 9-year-old daughter of a friend disliked wearing her hearing aid because it made her feel different from her friends, Ivermee offered to decorate the device with nail stickers to see if it would make a difference. Seeing how much the young girl loved the pretty results, Ivermee was struck by an idea–why not help families everywhere by making a simple product that would boost the confidence of children with hearing impairments?

In 2014, the mother-of-two brought that vision to life when she created Lugs, a company that sells custom-made kits to decorate hearing aids and cochlear implants. The creative designs, which range from brightly colored flowers to popular superheroes, make children proud and excited to show off their unique hearing devices.

“I am so pleased every time my inbox pings and I receive a thank you email accompanied with pictures of children wearing Lugs on their hearing devices and loving them,” Ivermee wrote in a blog post on Limping Chicken. “Needless to say, our son Freddie reaps the most benefit from the business, as he gets to choose new designs every month, making all his hearing friends at school very jealous!”

  Jun 05, 2019

Meet Manasi Joshi- A para-athlete who won Bronze in Badminton International 2018

At 29, Manasi Joshi is a shuttler who is one of a kind! She lost her left leg in a road accident in December 2011 in Mumbai but that didn’t stop her from touching the pinnacle of success. Her clear-cut vision steered her to come through with flying colours as she won a bronze medal in women’s singles in Thailand Para championship. This sums up the essential Manasi for you!

She started her ideal preparations for her first Para Asian Games in Jakarta in October, with chief National badminton coach P. Gopi Chand giving some valuable tips at his Academy here.

Manasi has set high standards for herself and she is thoroughly enjoying her training through and through. “I am enjoying my training in what is obviously the best centre,” said Manasi.

 

The Gujarat-based software engineer had taken a four-month leave from her job in pursuit of the Asiad medal. According to Manasi, Sports taught her many things in life. She accepts that she was never a professional in Badminton but she was able to build a great sense of character and that’s how she went about her business and grew from strength to strength.

“I was never a serious or a professional badminton player, but always played the sport since my school days as my parents believe that sport builds an individual’s character better. Sports taught me so many things in life,” she said.

“It is very nice on part of Gopi and other players like Sindhu to keep my morale high. I am so pleased with the way they keep track of my training and progress,” said Manasi.

Ever since Manasi stepped foot in international events from 2015, she was able to get the best out of herself and she won a silver in mixed doubles in the 2015 Worlds, bronze in 2016 women’s singles, 2017 World championship bronze and a gold in a Spanish international event.

“Well, the biggest challenge for me is the society itself. It is sad that many still treat para-athletes as lesser mortals though things have, of late, changed a lot thanks to the performances by our tribe at the highest level,” said Manasi.

“I firmly believe that para-athletes too are intelligent and knowledgeable and can be role models for young talent given the way they fight adversity to win laurels at the highest level,” said a beaming shuttler. “I hope to come back from Jakarta next month with a gold,” said a confident Manasi.

  May 31, 2019

Zomato gifts electric vehicle to differently-abled delivery boy. Internet is in tears

A Zomato delivery agent, Ramu Sahu, who is a differently-abled person, was recently surprised with an electrical vehicle by Zomato to help him deliver food in his area more conveniently. The gesture is winning hearts on the internet.

Zomato, the food delivery service app, is winning hearts on the internet today with a heartwarming story about one of their delivery boys and it is the best thing you will read today.

The founder of Zomato took to Twitter today to share pictures and videos of one of its delivery partners, Ramu Sahu, who is a differently-abled person.

A resident of Beawar in Rajasthan, Ramu, was surprised with an electrical vehicle by Zomato to help him deliver food in his area more conveniently.

And our hearts cannot lietrally take this!

  May 30, 2019
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