Deborah Grayson Carpenter has been defying great odds since the early age of 2. On her first birthday, she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – Type 1. In spite of this news, her parents instilled a positive mindset of, “though you might have to do things a little differently, you can be whomever and do whatever you want.” Deborah attended The University of Houston and received her Paralegal Certificate from Texas Paralegal School. Carpenter worked 16 years at Continental Airlines in the Reservations Department until her retirement.
Deborah is Brand Ambassador for TeKay Designs, Ms. Wheelchair Texas Ambassador, and United Spinal Association of Houston Ambassador. She has modeled at Houston Fashion Week Couture Fashion Show and for TeKay Designs at the Red Dress Gala, the Houston Intercontinental Bridal Show, Young Houston Magazine / Mercedes Benz fashion show and African Women In Leadership Organization (AWLO) award show. She hopes to inspire young girls and women that “if I can do it, anyone can.”
In a recent promotion, Mrs. Carpenter was appointed as Head – Models with Disabilities Department, Excel Magazine International due to her outstanding performance in mentoring and empowering women with disabilities in the USA and worldwide. Deborah has been diligent in serving as an advocate for people with disabilities in the fashion industry through motivational speaking, modeling and appearances at fashion events, and serving as a Disability Social Media Contributor with Excel Magazine International. Deborah has been instrumental in publication of the challenges and achievements of people with disabilities via Excel Magazine International, KDE Disability Africa Foundation and TeKay Designs.
Deborah provides countless hours to uplift the lives of people with disabilities in the USA and Africa, and serves as Secretary of the Board, KDE Disability Africa Foundation, a Texas non-profit organization founded to improve the lives of disabled people in Africa and the US by providing assistive and mobility devices, basic needs, vocational skills and fashion training, and disability inclusion via fashion. The foundation organized a canned food drive with distribution to the Houston Food Bank and people with disabilities with Houston. The board members also provided volunteer service to the Houston Center of Independent Living via telephone / office support and serving food at holiday luncheon.
At the 2016 Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair in Houston, Deborah Grayson Carpenter and Kimma Wreh shared their experience with disability inclusion through fashion as motivational speakers on the panel “Sharing the power: Women role models with disabilities share their strengths, their journey, their advocacy and their dreams.” Carpenter and Wreh received certificate of appreciation for their work empowering people with disabilities.
At Excel Magazine International, we are honored to have Deborah Grayson Carpenter on our management team and we appreciate her exemplary community service to people with disabilities in the USA and Africa.
Deborah is a high fashion model signed with Excel Media Management platform and she is available for promotional modeling, runway modeling and public speaking. Contact email@example.com for booking details. Below are a few of her pictures.