A Chinese fashion company has created a line of sunglasses named after historical legend Helen Keller, and admits they know of Keller’s story and didn’t mind exploiting it to sell merchandise. Even their slogan for the sunglasses pulls no punches, which is: “You see the world, the world sees you.”
Chen Wenjing, a spokesperson for the fashion company Xiamen Jinzhi, told the Wall Street Journal, they saw Keller’s merchandising value in her “philanthropist spirit, which spread optimism around the world,” even if it seems distasteful because she was blind.
The company also claims they created The Helen Keller sunglasses in an effort to pay homage to the woman that became an advocate of those with disabilities, and not to be disrespectful in anyway.
Helen Keller lived to the age of 87 before passing away in 1968.
She was the first deaf/blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other radical left causes.
She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1971.
In 1999, Keller was listed in Gallup’s Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.