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SCI Superstar: Chelsea Rae Huggins


A woman of remarkable beauty, Chelsea Rae Huggins is the ultimate meaning of keep on keeping on. Once a rising makeup artist who went on to transform her love of painting faces into painting on the canvas, she truly understands the importance of beauty.

There’s power in beauty and in art, and the art Chelsea Rae (also known as SPINALpedia member raehuggins) has created has garnered her a huge following on Facebook. Her purpose in life is without question to help share beauty with the world. A southern girl with big dreams, read on for the transformative story of Chelsea Rae Huggins.

Why she’s fearless

Four years ago when Chelsea Rae was only 22 years old, she was involved in a motor vehicle accident while riding with friends, and she sustained a C5 incomplete spinal cord injury. At the time of her injury, Chelsea Rae was in school studying make-up artistry; something she loved ever since she was a little girl.

But her dreams of one day opening a salon with makeup artists was put on hold. A dream such as this is much more difficult when you’re paralyzed, not to mention dealing with such an image-centered entire industry.

Chelsea Rae went on to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia to complete her rehab and it was where she discovered the magical item that is the “quad cuff;” a leather-covered piece of plastic that slides over the palm and has tiny pockets that utensils can be slide into. Eye shadow brushes, eyeliner, mascara, you name it.

Despite getting quite good at applying her own make-up, Chelsea Rae knows a career as a professional makeup artist may still be out of the cards. This I’m sure was a difficult realization. Instead of pursuing makeup, she’s now interested in a whole new medium – painting.

While a patient at Shepherd Center, Chelsea Rae was turned onto painting. After using her quad cuff to hold the paintbrush and not doing so hot, she held the paintbrush in her mouth and the rest was history. She became so good she now sells her artwork online and at charity events. Her line is simply known as Mouth Art by Chelsea Rae Huggins.

What’s next?

Chelsea Rae hasn’t put her makeup skills forever on the back-burner however. She may no longer be aspiring to become a makeup artist, but she is back at applying makeup and has made a video showing how to do make-up with no finger movement. In a video on the artsy side, check out Chelsea Rae apply her own make-up

Painting however has become Chelsea Rae’s main passion. Beautiful and bright acrylic paintings, her work will cheer you up. She is now one of the many talented female mouth artists living in the United States, including another SCI superstar we’ve profiled, Mariam Pare.

As we always say with every person we profile – we know having a spinal cord injury is not what you planned for – but it’s what you do with what happens to you that matters – and Chelsea Rae certainly is doing this in the best way possible.

It’s never easy being pretty and she’s got it.

– Visit her Facebook page Mouth Art by Chelsea Rae Huggins.

Have you tried mouth painting? How hard it was it?

Watch the videos

Mouth Art by Chelsea Rae: An inspiring look into the life of a quadriplegic

Chelsea Rae: How to Apply Make-up Tutorial (quadriplegic)

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