REPORT
2 Oct 2023
How brands are using tech to tackle ableism in beauty

The beauty industry has an ableism problem. Even though some brands are starting to take note, utilizing technical innovations to create accessible and adaptive products, there is still a long way to go. What can brands and businesses do to be truly inclusive in this space?

Hannah Turner is a disabled journalist, writer, and producer. Her work has featured in various outlets including Refinery29, Mashable, Stylist, and Cosmopolitan. She works on a range of freelance projects including content lead at a femtech brand, and accessibility consultant for a major city. You can keep up with her professional life on Instagram at @hannahdotmay, and her monthly newsletter, hannahturner.substack.com.

Lottie Jackson is a writer, disability activist, and author of See Me Rolling: On Disability, Equality and Ten-Point Turns (2023). Her work takes a critical look at the stigmas surrounding disability, calling for greater inclusion in fashion, beauty, and wider society. She has written for publications such as British VogueElleGuardianThe Sunday Times, and Telegraph.

Having weaved a career that started in PR and social, and led to journalism before turning to the dark side (brand side), Mariella is able to execute all kinds of projects. From research to editorial, ideation to creation. Mariella worked within the fashion industry - both in London and Dubai - for over ten years at publications and brands such as Bustle, ELLE UK, Ounass, Wednesday, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Grazia Middle East. Now, Mariella focuses her energy on culturally conscious conversations, whether that’s consulting and strategising for her clients, or writing about positive escapism, sustainable style, mindfulness and women empowerment.