Disabled beauty TikToker inspires others by sharing her makeup hacks

Published August 25, 2021 47,109 Views $57.34 earned

Rumble <span data-contrast="auto">Adelaide La Torre is just a normal 21-year-old college student from Northern California due to major in psychology. Online, she receives thousands of views sharing how she does her makeup as a disabled woman. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>

<span data-contrast="none">She was diagnosed with the rare disease, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at the age of seven, but said that doctors believe she developed the autoimmune disease at the age of three.</span>

<span data-contrast="none">Her symptoms include extreme joint pain that means her movement is limited. Doctors noticed her symptoms when she was a child and had to step in:</span>

<span data-contrast="auto">‘My knee blew up to the size of a basketball and they knew something was really wrong.’</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>

<span data-contrast="none">Adelaide uses her makeup videos to inspire other disabled people to step out of their comfort zone, realising that there was</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> a lack of online representation: </span>

<span data-contrast="auto">'Growing up I watched beauty gurus religiously and was always on the hunt for a disabled one, just so I could see myself in the people I admired so much.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>

<span data-contrast="auto">'It means more than I can say that maybe I could be that for another disabled kid one day, I feel so blessed.' </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>

<span data-contrast="auto">The pain in her joints means that she struggles with fine motor movement. Her videos have attracted an international audience who appreciate her hacks - like putting a scrunchie around a brush to improve grip. Adelaide also advocates for disability positivity, saying: </span><span data-contrast="none">‘I hope people can learn to accept the term disabled as neutral, our unique experiences and the diagnosis we carry may be hard.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>

<span data-contrast="none">‘Naming it is an important step in loving it the same way we love any other simple fact about ourselves.’</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>

<span data-contrast="none">Adelaide can be wheelchair bound for multiple days or weeks at a time and unable to apply her makeup and take care of herself independently. In one of her video, she says one of the best ways to automate hair care is to use an electric hair curler that gently pulls your hair in. The curler she shows in the video takes the section of hair Adelaide feeds in and produces the perfect curl without her fiddling with rotating her wrist.</span>

<span data-contrast="none">She said that her disease helps her empathise with others who are struggling: </span><span data-contrast="auto">‘Because I live with such a high level of pain, I can be more compassionate towards other people.’</span>

You can view more of Adelaide's beauty hacks and videos here: @addytudebeauty