Two Danish women with disabilities have created a pin-up calendar featuring disabled women in lingerie to show that “disabilities don’t prevent women from being beautiful.”
Manja Simone Lundgaard Hansen and Trine Ringhejm Jensen came up with the idea with a photographer. While initially wary that revealing pictures may be taboo, they were both very satisfied with the result.
“I think it’s important to show that the world that just because you don’t look like the girls in a magazine, you can’t be beautiful—you can be yourself and be comfortable with that,” said Jensen.
Hansen said it was difficult to deal with society's beauty ideals when she was younger. "I think it’s good for people with and without disabilities to know that they do not need to be perfect [in order to] to be beautiful."
The calendar was published by the Danish Association of the Physically Disabled and shows seven women with various disabilities.
Thorkild Olesen, head of the Danish Association of the Physically Disabled, said it was extremely important to show that “disabled women are women too.”
“That way we can break down the belief that disabled people aren’t sexual, but instead are just like everyone else.”
Jensen said of the calendar: “You can really see us – see both the good and the bad and the special and the pretty."