Best Buddies Philippines, a non-profit organization committed to fostering inclusivity and creating opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), proudly organized World Beauty Day, an inclusive event aimed at challenging traditional beauty norms and promoting acceptance for all. The event, held on September 9, 2023, provided an empowering platform for individuals who are often excluded from mainstream beauty-related activities, emphasizing that beauty goes far beyond skin-deep.
Breaking Down Barriers
Best Buddies Philippines is on a mission to build an inclusive society and empower people with IDD through one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, inclusive living, and leadership development. This global volunteer movement has been working tirelessly to break down barriers and create a world where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can lead fulfilling lives.
The World Beauty Day Event
In line with its mission, Best Buddies Philippines organized World Beauty Day, a groundbreaking event that aimed to challenge conventional beauty standards and foster greater understanding and acceptance of people with IDD. This event featured various activities designed to promote holistic wellness, skincare, and self-affirmation.
One of the highlights of the event was the “Beauty Refresh” experience, where attendees received makeovers, nail treatments, and had the opportunity to get professional headshots taken. These headshots can be a valuable addition to their profiles or CVs, supporting their future goals and ventures.
Dr. Mara Huber, a renowned skincare expert, also shared invaluable skincare and sun-protection tips, emphasizing the importance of self-care and well-being for everyone, regardless of their abilities.
“I learned that being healthy is a holistic approach. A motivational speaker told us about the importance of self-affirmation,” said Wendy Yu, one of the attendees with IDD. “Being true to ourselves will lead us to show our real beauty.”
The Importance of Inclusivity
Best Buddies Philippines believes that inclusivity is a fundamental value that should be embraced by society at large. By challenging traditional beauty norms and collaborating with supportive brands, the organization aims to promote acceptance, awareness, and accommodation for individuals with IDD. Beauty, as demonstrated at World Beauty Day, is not confined to external appearances but encompasses the uniqueness and spirit of everyone.
If individuals wish to be part of Best Buddies Philippines’ mission to foster inclusivity and desire to gain further insight into the organization’s endeavors, they are encouraged to contact Best Buddies Philippines through their Facebook page. Supporting and engaging with the organization can contribute significantly to their ongoing efforts to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In a world where distinctions are frequently highlighted, Best Buddies Philippines serves as a reminder that genuine beauty is found in embracing diversity and celebrating the unique journey of every individual.