This is a big deal! MTV UK is now working with the Mandeville sisters. Why’s that a big deal? Well, Grace was born without her right hand…
And while I wish that wasn’t such a big deal, the truth is very different. We just don’t see that many girls with disabilities in the media, let alone in videos. That’s why this is such a big deal! I love that MTV UK chooses to work with these cool chicks who totally rock the videos. (Oh, and also, they’re hilarious!)
In most videos you probably don’t even notice that Grace is missing her hand, which I find refreshing. MTV is not using these girls as a PR stunt (ohh, look at us! We’re so cool! We’re hiring disabled people!), instead, the focus is on the news the girls are telling.
So far, I’ve only seen one video where Graces missing hand is in the picture, and it’s actually for fun. Just take a look at this one where she says ‘But I can’t do the awkward turtle!’. Love it! This is how disabled people should be portrayed in the media. As fun, beautiful and awesome!