Hi, I’m Melanie! I am a disabled woman living and working in Utah with my family. A battle with cancer when I was a baby left me with nerve damage and I use a crutch to get around.
Over the years, I have seen some people suggest that high heels are required to look professional or create the perfect, stylish outfit. I can’t wear high heels, that doesn’t make me any less professional or my style less on-point. I believe that women don’t have to check every box on some arbitrary list to be a confident, stylish bad-ass – at work or at home. Growing up, I did not have any disabled female role models. Subconsciously, I started to think that the path to having the life that I wanted meant downplaying my disability. If no one noticed, it wouldn’t become an impediment. Since becoming an aunt (to 4 beautiful nieces, including one with a physical disability) and mother, I realized that I didn’t want the little girls in my life to feel like they had to fit a certain mold to have a certain life outcome. There is no need to try and hide TOTALLY NORMAL (because people – it is not weird or unusual to be disabled) things about themselves to fit in, be liked, or be successful.
High Heels Not Required is a blog for smart, sassy and stylish disabled women and those working to raise one. Come hang out and see me take life by the horns – in flats.
More about Melanie
I’m a wife, a mom to twin one-year-old girls and an MBA with a full-time job in the financial services industry. My favorite things include clothes, candy and maps. I think red lipstick makes any outfit look more polished and I refer to my personal style as classic with a flair. Figuring out how to master all my mommy tasks with my disability is ongoing. I talk too much (and curse too much – sorry, Mom!) and am terrible at working out, but hey, nobody is perfect!