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–

Institutions that Xian has worked with include: NYU Langone Health, Forbes, AT&T, ReelAbilities Film Festival, United Nations
Xian smiling in motion on a NYC street in a white lace dress full grey coat Photo for NY Post by Anne Wermiel
Annie Wermiel/NY Post; hair and makeup by T. Cooper using ECRU New York

Growing up with Cerebral Palsy, Xian is an ideal middle woman: to support her communities (especially those with disabilities) and help them share their tremendous gifts; to talk to corporations and organizations about how best they can support disability and other marginalized communities 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. many 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.

Photo of Xian taken by Amir Hamja for Bloomberg News
Xian with George and Brad Takei, on a Runway for Design For Disability in 2017, Xian with a little girl Amelia, and Xian at Gracie Mansion for the Sapolin Awards 

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.

Xian has been featured in The White House Blog’s Women Working To Do Good series, has repeated appeared in the New York Times, on NPR, and in Forbes; She was featured by Fortune, Fast Company, Bloomberg News, the NY Post, NBC News, Fox 5, NY1, among others.


Xian’s writing has been published on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Allure, and Positively Positive – a community of over 2.5 million readers. Last but not least, she writes for ForbesWomen in the areas of Leadership, Empowerment, and Disability.


Xian in conversation with activist Lawrence Carter-Long at the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities in Indiana
Xian in conversation with activist Lawrence Carter-Long at the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities in Indiana

“Xian is paving the way to how the world sees uniqueness. Through her work, she is able to help both individuals and large-scale organizations redefine beauty and get past the status quo. Her impact and advocacy for the disability community have been felt globally, and she continues to amplify the voices of those who aren’t yet empowered to speak out.”

–Brandon Farbstein, Renowned Speaker, Activist and Author of Ten Feet Tall
Close up Xian smiling at the camera with wind in her hair in a black sweater: Photo by Rick Guidotti of Positive Exposure
  • 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
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership Workshops
  • Training Videos
  • Writing
  • Interviews
  • 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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