What is in a face? A  lot. Facial outlook has been used since time immemorial to define the beauty parameters in society. But the deaf  and dumb  are defying these traditional beauty stereotypes.

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl,” so says Shirley Chisholm.


The 2011 Miss Tourism pageant has come and gone and the memories of some of the angelic faces that strode on the ramp are still vivid in the minds of many but what would inspire a hearing and speech impaired young lily to want to be a catwalk queen?


Girls on the catwalk usually walk in time to music, but how do these beauties know how to respond when they cannot hear the music? How can they say what they want when they cannot speak?


Christian Nevell Bovee once wrote that Kindness is a language the speech impaired can speak and the hearing impaired can hear and understand…this must be what Kiri Davies had in mind when she decided to give the beauties a chance to display their femininity.


She could have been echoing Ralph Waldo Emmerson’s sentiments not to go where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path and leave a trail?


It is such magnanimous deeds that show the difference that love, kindness and perseverance can bring amazing results. The girls themselves do not feel any different from those who can hear and speak.


To them their handicap is not a big obstacle…to them, a deaf ,mute is just challenges of an imperfect body that should be overcome.


After having derived such confidence from cat walking, one feels the onus is now upon society to review its long held perceptions that such handicaps cannot be associated with beauty.