I’m Xian Horn,
a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy who serves as a beauty and disability advocate, speaker, educator, Forbes contributor, and founder of the non-profit Give Beauty Wings.
“It is your stories that have encouraged the President to continue advocating for the 50 million Americans with disabilities. Thank you Xian for all you do to encourage our youth. Your story has inspired us all.”
–The White House Blog–
Growing up with Cerebral Palsy, Xian sees herself as an ideal middle woman: to mentor people with disabilities and help them share their tremendous gifts, and to talk to corporations and organizations about how best they can support the community, whether through workshops, mentoring, accessible spaces, tech, and fashion, or through inclusive representation.
Xian began her nonprofit Give Beauty Wings’ tailored Self-Esteem programs at NYU’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities in 2011 and has continued teaching ever since. As the exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge, Xian collaborated with developers to shape accessible technologies. Seeing the importance of collaborative innovation, Xian has worked with the Open Style Lab at Parsons and Anna Sui to create adaptive clothing and walked the runway for Zappos Adaptive for NY Fashion Week in 2020.
Xian has moderated and spoken at the U.N. multiple times such as for International Women’s Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and she has been invited to speak at The Obama White House, Apple, The Harkin Summit, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, ReelAbilities Film Festival, Columbia University, the ACLU, Microsoft, and more. Xian is a member of the State Department’s Speaker’s Bureau and serves as an advisory member of the U.N. NGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy and the Accessibility Advisory Committee for AT&T, Cooper Hewitt, and ReelAbilities Film Festival. She also advises the American Institute of Architects NY on accessibility for upcoming inclusive exhibits.
Xian was named Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, honored in Walker’s Legacy Power 15, National Disability Mentoring Coalition’s Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the first-ever Positive Exposure Rising Leader Award.
Work with Xian
Speaking & Give Beauty Wings Self-Esteem Programs Mentoring, Vocational Workshops, Training Videos, PSAs, Leadership Workshops, Panels, and more.
Advising, Inclusive Messaging & Collaborative Innovation on Accessible Spaces, Branding, Transportation, Clothing, Technologies, and more.
Writing & Interviews Representation in Media, Film, and the Beauty Industry, Disability Rights and Justice, Leadership, Inclusive Designs, and more.
- Brand Partnerships
- Accessibility Advising
- Accessible Fashion
- Inclusive / Disability Representation in Film and the Beauty Industry
- Keynote Speaking
- Give Beauty Wings Self-Esteem Programs
- Sensitivity Reading
- Vocational Workshops
- Leadership Workshops
- Training Videos
- And more :))
Let’s connect! 😉
If you know an organization, school, or individual that can benefit from Xian’s work or just want to share your story, please don’t hesitate to email the address below or fill out the form.
Can’t wait to talk to you!! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
Humanist, Beauty and Disability Advocate, Forbes Contributor, Teacher
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