September 25, 2021

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Blind TikTok star Lucy Edwards says reaction to candle video ‘crazy’

image captionLucy Edwards became BBC Radio 1’s first blind presenter last year

A blind vlogger hopes her TikTok videos on living with sight loss will “dispel myths” about the condition.

Lucy Edwards,

who became Radio 1’s first blind presenter last year, has been a hit on the app since launching her channel last month.

A video demonstrating how blind people light a candle amassed 7.5m views while another about crossing a road notched up more than two million

The 24-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield, said she welcomed questions.

Freelance journalist Ms Edwards has Incontinentia Pigmenti, which affected her sight as a child.

She lost sight in her right eye at the age of 11, and in her left eye at 17.

‘Can blind people work?’

Being asked how blind people perform certain everyday tasks inspired her to start making videos.

“At the start it overwhelmed me how many people asked me things like ‘how do you go to the toilet or how do you know what room you’re in?’ she said.

“But I’d rather they ask me and know I’m competent and capable.”

image copyrightLucy Edwards/TikTok

image captionLucy explains on her TikTok how a blind person crosses a road

Ms Edwards said the most Googled question about blindness was “can a blind person work?”.

“It’s mundane for me, I’ve known how to do things for seven years, but for everyone else, it dispels myths about blindness.

“They’re (people) just genuinely curious, I’m just happy they’re intrigued about my life, it’s a privilege to be able to teach people.”

Despite this, she said the “crazy” reaction to her candle video had surprised her but she was pleased people were interested.

“It’s gone from strength to strength, I didn’t expect it to blow up this quickly,” she said.

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Related Topics

  • Birmingham

  • TikTok
  • Blindness and visual-impairment
  • Social media
  • Sutton Coldfield

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