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When 25-year-old Keah Brown snapped a selfie one day while she felt particularly cute, she never expected it to go viral. But that’s exactly what happened after Brown’s tweet — complete with the hashtag #DisabledAndCute — went out into the Internet.

Now her tweet and its hashtag are pretty much everywhere.

😍 #DisabledandCute

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Brown has cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects the way her muscles look and move. As a result it’s taken her a long time to feel comfortable in her own skin; feeling “cute” isn’t something she’s used to.

Or at least it wasn’t. Not before her bout of self-confidence inspired so many others with disorders to share their own pictures online. The results are pretty heartwarming, if we do say so ourselves.

Snowy day outfit cause I’m #disabledandcute

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On my Birthday 💋 #disabledandcute

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So why “cute,” and not “sexy” or “gorgeous?” Simply put, because that’s how Brown felt when she posted the selfies.

“I don’t feel those things yet, so I used cute because that’s what I feel,” she told Self magazine. “I understand the apprehension with the word ‘cute,’ because oftentimes with disabled people we’re called ‘cute’ by able-bodied people, and it’s very infantilizing. It makes you feel small and like a child.”

We get it, but we have to say that in looking at some of these posts, we’re all-in on the cute hashtag.

 

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