Updated: September 30, 2021 10:21:12 am
When it comes to fashion, there is no dearth of influencers online. However, one differently-abled social media star has got everyone talking thanks to his inspiring videos, in which he shows that nothing can stop him from doing the things he loves — makeup in this case.
Gabe Adams Wheatley, a man born without arms and legs, has been posting makeup tutorials online, and in the process breaking several stereotypes. The fashion influencer and activist has been winning the internet, and is an inspiration for many.
One of his videos recently went viral, in which he wears a black sheer dress while giving himself a glamorous makeover. Using Ariana Grande’s ‘Position’ as a background score, the TikTok video not only got millions of views on the app, but also spread to other platforms.
The video started with Wheatley applying foundation on his face with a blender fixed on the table. He then put on concealer and powder with a brush, holding it steadily with his shoulder, and then glammed up his eyes in a similar fashion. What left users most impressed was the way he perfectly fitted in his eyelashes to finish the look.
Watch the video here:
Wheatley, who regularly posts on TikTok and Instagram, also impressing many with his immaculate looks.
While garnering a lot of love on social media, Wheatley was praised for his skills. Some even commented saying this is why “representation matters”.
I love this! https://t.co/V3omLMiCVU
— Alice Wong 王美華 (@SFdirewolf) September 27, 2021
WOW this is amazing! ❤️🔥 The lash application put my jaw on the floor 😱 https://t.co/XhGevjU08D
— Inka Magnaye (@inkamagnaye) September 27, 2021
This the most inspiring shit ever. If he smiling why aren’t we smiling too! https://t.co/TMIQOyyZkc
— Swhirly™️ (@SwhirlysWorld) September 27, 2021
I CANT EVEN APPLY MY FAKE LASHES RIGHT 😭 hands down to this gorgeous bae 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/Xj5ZNwThVs
— 𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡 :) (@danaritchel) September 27, 2021
This is why representation matters. Imagine finding a person to teach you how to apply makeup without arms/hands. Imagine being the person that needs this. This a AMAZING. https://t.co/icuhYpxzJk
— tanya hayles (@tanyahayles) September 26, 2021
This video just told me I have no excuses.
— RAH-SHE-BAH (@rashebaaa) September 26, 2021
I know folks mean well, You can compliment them without saying “how does someone DISABLED do makeup better than me?” This puts the expectation that disabled people are set to fail and that it is extraordinary when we find ways to accommodate our needs.
— Quinn 🦻🏽✨ (@Quinns_quirks) September 26, 2021
He did a stellar. While I don’t use makeup, this makes me want to have a conversation about tools for people with disabilities who want to apply makeup. Where are they?
— 🇵🇷 Cabrona Virus (@rizoricos) September 26, 2021
I could never pic.twitter.com/t3IN0lsc1B
— The age of AQUARIUMS 🐙 (@ashiknees4) September 26, 2021
The 22-year-old, who was born in Sao Paulo in Brazil with the rare Hanhart Syndrome, was put up for adoption when he was a child. His adoptive family in Utah in the United Stated gave him the opportunity to turn his life around and pursue all the things his heart wanted.
When Wheatley married Adams earlier this year in June, his wedding look for their special day made a wave of social media.
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