Emily inspires with Fashioneyesta blog

21 Jan 2015

Emily Davison devotes her time to proving that sight loss is no barrier to achieving what you want to in life and looking good while you do it.

Emily was born with a rare medical condition called septo optic dysplaysia, which affects early brain development and people with the disease often experience sight loss. The 20-year-old spent much of her childhood, teenage and young adult life in hospital having operations and tests, and taking large amounts of medication just to maintain her health. She is now completely blind in her right eye, and has only 10% vision in her left.

In spite of her condition, Emily has always remained optimistic, cheerful, outgoing and most of all, determined. Rather than sitting around feeling sorry for herself, Emily studied hard  and achieved excellent GCSE and A-level grades. As a result she won a full scholarship to study English literature at Goldsmiths University where she is currently in her final year.

In addition to academic success, Emily has always had a passion for style. She founded her own popular fashion and style blog, Fashioneyesta.com, to give people with sight loss access to fashion, style, cosmetics or beauty advice. The blog’s aim is to make people who are blind or partially sighted feel comfortable within their own skin. Emily talks about her blog every Friday on RNIB’s Insight Radio – a station for people with sight loss – and also has a guest blog on The Huffington Post UK. Among many other topics, Emily uses her Huff Post blog to raise awareness of Guide Dogs’ work and campaigns, and the difference the charity has made to her life.

Keen to help others, Emily also volunteers for Guide Dogs’ Campaigns Team, films YouTube videos for her readers and records Audioboo sound clips where she answers questions about sight loss and fashion.

In July 2012, Emily was partnered with her beloved guide dog, Unity. Emily’s life changed forever, as Unity gave her the courage to grow from strength to strength. Unity allowed Emily to begin a new chapter of independence, as she was able to travel far and wide to research topics for her blog.

Emily was recently interviewed for a BBC Ouch article ‘How do blind people put on their make-up?’. She’s also posted an article and video on her blog – Fashioneyesta – providing tips on applying make-up with sight loss.