A Paralyzed Woman Posed for Boudoir Pics to Show That People with Disabilities Have Sex Lives, Too

August 5, 2015
The images are truly captivating.

Rachelle Friedman was paralyzed from the chest down when one of her bridesmaids playfully pushed her into a pool during her bachelorette party in 2010, but she's never let her circumstances define who she is. As a public speaker and author of the book The Promise: A Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship, the 29-year-old has brought lots of attention to what it's like to live with a disability. Most recently, she shared boudoir photos she had taken of herself to show that just because someone's disabled doesn't mean they can't have a sex life (or be sexy). "The photos are doing exactly what I want," Rachelle posted on her Facebook page. "To start a conversation about sexuality and disability." And Rachelle's taking it a step further by using the hashtag #WhatMakesMeSexy, calling on other women to post about what they love about themselves on social media.

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Check out some of the gorgeous pics, taken by photographers from Revolution Studios in North Carolina:

Revolution Studios

Revolution Studios

Here's what Rachel had to say about why she did the photo shoot:

 

 

Please read:On May 23, 2010 I was paralyzed in an awful accident that would not only change my life, but the lives of...

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After her spinal cord injury, Rachelle's then-fiancé, Chris, never left her side, and the pair still got married. They had a baby girl in April 2015 via a surrogate. In an article she wrote for WomensHealthMag.com in July 2014, Rachelle had this to say: "I still find it confusing when people are surprised by husband's decision to stay with me and not give up everything we had together. My husband stayed, not because it was the right thing to do, but because he loved me and was just grateful that he hadn't lost me. I wish our connection was the norm and not just an inspirational story of love. Sure, I needed a wheelchair now, but I was the same quirky chick he fell for. Every woman deserves to have love without condition and not a partner who only loves you when you are healthy, young, or beautiful."

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