Native to Wisconsin, Myranda Gereau has always had art in her life. What started out as a simple hobby turned into a passion and grew to be a way of life. She not only uses it as a creative outlet but as a way of getting her emotions out. Throughout the years as her disease (Muscular Dystrophy, Ullrich) progressed to the point of not having much mobility, using a motorized wheelchair, and having a trach and vent to breathe, art has always been adaptable and there when she needs it. Now as a 27-year-old artist she lives independently, has done cover art for the book 'The Color Orange' and advocates for disability equality.
Besides art and being an advocate for people with disabilities, Myranda loves gaming when things can be adapted, trying and making new foods, coffee shop visits, movie dates with her boyfriend, and is a proud cat mom to her year and a half old Ragdoll cat. She is also slowly getting her bachelor’s in liberal studies in hopes of combining her 2 passions of art and advocacy. Her role models are Stephen Hawking and Frida Kahlo.
*My most passionate mission is to create a colorful and accessible society where everyone is accepted while also showing that just because you live a different life doesn’t mean you are an inspiration. We all have our normal lives and live life differently; everyone will have a different story, but we must choose to live it. Live loud, unapologetic, and fiercely!”- Myranda Gereau
December Monthly Highlight
Living with SMA, I want others to see me for the kind, independent, fierce woman that I am. I have learned that fashion is a great tool to normalize disability and express my individuality. Finding flattering, stylish clothing for my unusual shaped, child-sized body is often a challenge, but I have never given up! Earlier this Fall, I was part of a first-of-its-kind fashion show where I got to collaborate with others in the disability community, challenge the stereotype, and champion adaptive fashion while rolling down the runway. This was a dream come true, especially for a girly-girl like me. Disability visibility in the fashion industry is so important and something that I am passionate about. EveryBODY deserves to show up to their life feeling confident and beautiful.