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The Makeup on Wheels Foundation was founded by Stephanie Debes, a woman who is part of the disabled community; a community that is so often overlooked by the rest of the world.

Stephanie is a graduate of St. John’s University with a BA in Hospitality Management and Event Planning. She is also a certified beauty and special effects makeup artist and a New York State licensed and NCEA certified esthetician. Despite her education and specialization in the beauty field, potential employers could not see past her disability.


"My name is Stephanie Debes. I am the founder of The Makeup on Wheels Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of the disabled community. I am also a NYS Licensed & NCEA certified Esthetician, a makeup artist in SFX & Beauty, Event Planner and Disability Awareness Activist.

I was born with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Quadriplegia as a result of medical malpractice. All four limbs are affected, leaving me to use a motorized wheelchair 24/7. My condition limits my ability to perform most everyday tasks and renders me dependent on others. I was born five months premature. Doctors told my parents that I wouldn’t last three days. Twenty-eight years later, I’m defying the odds every single day."

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