Marybeth Baluyot

Marybeth Baluyot lives without a left hand and is a record-breaking power-lifter and Cal graduate. She uses social media to empower other disabled women. 

Marybeth: “A huge setback in the gym was having people…say very odd comments like ‘I didn’t think anyone like you could do that.’…Hearing that was really hard – I would go home and cry after just one bench session, because there was so much interruption. So I went out to social media and I would vent through there, and use that as a megaphone to other men or women or able-bodied athletes who didn’t really understand it. Even when I use that as my main focus on Instagram or in powerlifting, I have people telling me, ‘you’re not disabled!’ As if a Disability is an insult. But I use it as an identity that also empowers those who are not able to do certain things.”

Instagram: @merrbertt

Created with bold color pencils, a woman with long, dark hair and large cartoon eyes, smiles and stands in front of warm, multi-colored stripes.
Marybeth Baluyot by Stephanie Urbach, acrylic color pencil, 8 x 10 inches, 2019

IMAGE: Created with bold color pencils, a woman with long, dark hair and large cartoon eyes, smiles and stands in front of warm, multi-colored stripes.

Stephanie Urbach from Artful Steps has a style that balances bright color and cheer, with a dark, morbid touch. She is often influenced by illustrators, cartoonists, filmmakers and fine artists.