Rachelle Friedman Chapman has proved disabled bodies are just as sexy as abled bodies.
She was paralysed from the chest down at her bachelorette party in 2010, after a freak accident.
She aimed to combat the common assumptions that disabled people can’t be sexy or don’t make great sex partners.
The married mother-of-one did a beautiful lingerie-clad shoot.
“I think a lot of people have a hard time seeing through the wheelchair so here I am, this is me without the chair. But I’m actually the exact same person,” Rachelle told The Huffington Post.
“I hope it will make people think. People with disabilities still have sexuality and honestly I’m tired of being something that we can’t talk about as a society.”
“I’m doing this for those who can’t see past a wheelchair,” Rachelle said.
“I’m doing it to show that we are capable, sexual beings and we are not to be overlooked. I’m not glamorizing disability. My paralysis is an awful part of my life and I hope for a cure. But, in the meantime I need to love myself.”
Although she admits she struggles with self-confidence – intimacy is important to her.
“I love my body now and I’m not afraid to talk about sexuality intimacy or beauty,” she said.
“There is no shame in talking about sexuality because at the end of the day it is an important part of who we all are as individuals.”
“When my story hit the media people were so impressed that my fiancé would stay with me ‘like this,'” Rachelle said.
“Sure, it affected my self esteem but most of all it made me sad for my fellow wheelchair users who are still looking for love. We are smart, courageous, funny, beautiful and yes… sexy.”
Rachelle also plays wheelchair rugby and is an author and public speaker.
Source: Huffington Post