The human mind can focus on one positive thing to avoid what most would notice as a lot of negativity. Stephanie Debes is a perfect example having the former outlook. She was born with cerebral palsy and had to endure intense physical therapy when she was younger, but one thing got her through. The love for makeup. Her dad would always say that she got makeup as a reward for the struggles she dealt with.
“Every day after my six hours of therapy I would sit there and put makeup all over my face,” Stephanie said in an article on silive.com, “Back then, it wasn’t precise and nice because I was 8 years old. But as I got older, people would always compliment me on my make-up.”
Make up is the one thing that Stephanie could do without assistance in her life. She needs help to do tasks like getting out of bed and getting dressed, but doing her own makeup is a sense of independence.
Stephanie graduated from St John’s University with a bachelor’s in event planning and hospitality. But after college she started to focus in more on her goal. This meant attending a Make Up Designory in Manhattan. As a result, Stephanie has continued to work hard at her craft and launched her company, Make Up on Wheels.
The road hasn’t been easy for Stephanie, but she is a determined person in each avenue of life. Make Up on Wheels isn’t the end, she wants to open up a salon in the future with special lifts to accommodate those with disabilities. This will be a tough task but nothing will stop her from doing it.
“Because I’m in a chair it’s five times harder to get a job,” she said. “But I won’t let my disability get in the way of my life, because it’s not going to stop me from living my dream.”