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Oktaviani Wulansari : Moving beyond disability

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 24 2012   /  08:00 am

JP/Ganug Nugroho AdOktaviani Wulansari is only 20, but the girl, born in Surakarta (also known as Solo) on Oct. 19, 1992, has already succeeded in some of her pursuits.

In 2011, Ovik, as she is usually called, emerged as the best model at a national fashion festival and won a favored place at the Kebaya Fashion Show that same year.

Topping those accomplishments, which are quite special for one with physical limitations, in January of this year she succeeded in reaching the apex of her career as a disabled beauty when she was crowned Putri Tuna Runggu Indonesia, or Miss Deaf Indonesia.

The girl always strives to move beyond her hearing impairment, not only for herself but also for the increased motivation it offers her fellow disabled.

“I also want parents with deaf children not to be disheartened and embarrassed. Deafness is not a disgrace. God creates the...