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EVERY Woman is Beautiful

April 7th, 2016

Katie Meade is beautiful – inside and out. Meade is the first woman with Down Syndrome to be the face of a “beauty” advertising campaign, and she is showing the world that having special needs can be beautiful. “The Beauty & Pin-Ups brand is a celebration of the empowerment of a woman and what it took to be a pin-up in 1935, and carrying that message in a modern sense,” Beauty & Pin-Ups CEO Kenny Kahn told People. “So as we were launching this (haircare) product, in our mind it could have been the next traditional pin-up — but as soon as we came up with the name ‘Fearless.’ it was really easy, we were like, ‘Well Katie’s fearless.’” Fearless is a great word to describe Meade. Katie’s life hasn’t been easy. Meade has battled kids’ health problems and had to undergo two open heart surgeries. Then, to combat bullying in school, she became a Special Olympics athlete in gymnastics and basketball.  She now serves as a Best Buddies International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with special needs – intellectual and developmental disabilities, spokeswoman. “Being born with Down syndrome can cause many problems, both physical and mental,” she wrote in an earlier interview. “Kids would make fun of me. I wasn’t always accepted by the ‘normal’ kids and that hurt…They (Beauty & Pin-Ups) make me feel welcome and loved,” Meade said. “They have given me opportunities to show the world that people with disabilities like beauty and fashion, and like to look good like everyone else.” Meade is an inspiration and a glowing embodiment that, if children – with special needs and without – are provided opportunities to develop positive attitudes toward themselves and others who are different from themselves, no challenge is impossible. If there is one thing that I’ve learned from my 30 years of owning and operating Fitness for Health, a state-of-the-art, therapeutic fitness facility helping people of ALL abilities reach their full potential, it is that embracing and honoring people’s differences supports and allows children and teens with special needs to succeed and allows them to see just how beautiful – inside and out – they truly are. In my opinion, we each need to search for a person’s strengths and find the positive in each person and value the contributions he/she makes to make ALL of our lives better and more beautiful. “People see me for who I am and they see me not as someone with a disability, but that I have ability,” Meade told People. “And I like to try new different things and I inspire women to do that. Beauty belongs to everybody.” I couldn’t agree more, Katie.  And, I applaud Beauty & Pin-Ups for showcasing your beauty and fearlessness to the world. About Fitness for Health: A finalist for About.com’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Special Needs Resource in the D.C. Region, Fitness for Health, founded by Marc Sickel who also suffers from ADD, specializes in creating personalized, therapeutic programs for children with a broad range of special needs:

  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Gross motor delays
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Pervasive developmental disorders
  • Down Syndrome
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • ADD/ADHD/LD
  • Developmental and physical disabilities
  • Confidence and self-esteem issues
  • Emotional disturbances and anxiety disorders
At Fitness for Health, you get a complete team—including pediatric fitness specialists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists—working together to create a full-service plan of care that’s expertly tailored to your child’s developmental, skill and comfort levels while providing fitness for kids. As a parent, you’re involved every step of the way.  Learn more about our therapeutic exercise, occupational therapy services, and physical therapy services today.]]>

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