Before I ever spoke with Lucy Edwards, I came across her YouTube channel, ‘YesterdaysWishes’, and was motivated to write the article below. Recently, I had the chance to speak with Edwards for November’s Podcast Episode. We discussed her YouTube videos, and how she uses YouTube as a platform to connect with others and advance the disability rights movement. You can listen to our conversation by clicking on the speaker button image above, or through the Podcast tab to the left. This recommended viewing article was written prior to the conversation I had with Lucy. So, without further ado:
In recent years, YouTube has popularized self-produced videos that offer life advice and share personal experiences. Almost everyone has a video blogger, or vlogger, that they love to keep up with, from Jenna Marbles to Hanna Hart. One of the most intriguing aspects of video blogging is that the rules and content are set by the vlogger themselves. Lucy Edwards, a recent YouTube hit, is offering her own twist to the world of video blogging.
Edwards defines her personal channel, YesterdaysWishes, as “A place on the internet that discusses everything from Guide Dogs to make-up that bridges the gap between the disabled and the perfectly-abled. There are days when giving up seems like the better option but everyone can do anything if they put their mind to it.”
Through her videos, Edwards discusses her experiences being blind. Her content includes informational videos that answer questions such as “What is a Cataract?” and “Do I Remember What Colour Looks Like?”, as well as tutorial and tips videos such as “Kitchen Utensils for the Blind” and “Blind Girl Does Smokey Eye & Red Lip.”
According to a Buzzfeed interview with Edwards, she became blind in both eyes at the age of 17, after becoming partially blind at the age of 11. Despite the inclusion of makeup tutorials in many of her videos, Edwards was not always so self-assured. Her sister helped her practice putting on her make-up until she felt confident enough to do it herself. Edwards told Buzzfeed that part of the reason she is dedicated to putting so much effort into her make-up routine is, “Because I’m making myself pretty, it makes me feel better about myself on the inside. I know the media has a lot of rubbish about whether you need make-up and so on – I don’t think I need it especially, but it’s just a thing that makes me feel good about myself. It makes me feel like I’m in control. And that’s the thing about being blind. You are very dependent on other people. And make-up for me, personally, means that I don’t have to ask anyone about how my face looks any more. Because I know I’ve put my foundation on a certain way, and I’ve built up my routine so I know my cleansing routine and all that. I know that my face looks good without looking in the mirror.”
Featured below is Edwards’ tutorial video “Blind Girl Does Smokey Eye & Red Lip | YesterdaysWishes”
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To hear Emily Pate’s discussion with Lucy Edwards, as well as learn more about Lucy and how her work connects with the disability rights movement, listen to Rooted in Rights Podcast Episode 102.