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A WHEELCHAIR-bound woman has started modeling in the hope of encouraging more diversity, in both the fashion world and everyday life. Describing her wheelchair as both her “best friend” and “worst enemy”, Karneshia Patton has used one since she was just three years old. The 28-year-old, from Birmingham, Alabama, has Spina Bifida, a congenital birth defect where the spine and spinal cord don’t develop properly. In Karneshia’s case, she is paralysed from the waist down. But she’s not letting her disability stop her from doing anything. Studying for an MBA, working at a nail salon and going hard at the gym, Karneshia has now turned to the catwalk, modelling at a number of events.

For 24 hours a day, Lauren Spencer has life-saving medication being pumped directly into her heart. The 18-year-old from Lodi, California has a condition known as Pulmonary Hypertension – a form of high blood pressure that affects the arteries of the lungs and heart. The 24-hour treatment is designed to reduce her pulmonary pressure and prolong her life, meaning the teen has to keep a mobile pump on her at all times, which she tucks into a handbag, to ensure the experimental drug Remodulin is continually delivered to her heart.

TROUBLING allegations have been made against a young ’spiritual leader’ who claims to have powers such as telekinesis and the ability to change the weather. 30-year-old Bentinho Massaro has amassed an impressive following both in real life and online, with 24,000 Instagram followers and almost 300,000 Facebook likes. But in the past year he has been accused of running an evolved form of cult and his career has been marred by accusations of verbal abuse, sleeping with students and the suicide of one of his followers, Brent Wilkins. The Amsterdam-native told Barcroft Media: “I do not consider my group as a cult, if by cult you mean some dysfunctional group of people completely under the spell of a manipulative leader.

A young woman is frequently accused of having an eating disorder because of her feeding tube. When Amy Lee Fisher goes out to eat it’s not uncommon for complete strangers to come up and start talking to Amy about her health. Because of her feeding tube and slight frame, Amy has got used to people assuming she has an eating disorder - when in fact the 22-year-old suffers from gastroparesis, a condition that makes eating incredibly painful and causes sickness and even seizures.

A prop designer from Sheffield, a London DJ, and a jewellery maker from Cardiff - three individuals that all have one thing in common: they work in the twilight hours. While the majority of the country's workforce gets ready to clock-off as the light fades, a quarter of British workers are operating from dusk to dawn, according to new research from smartphone manufacturer Huawei, which reveals that twilight workers contribute an estimated £487 billion to the UK economy. Artist, Zoe Genders, from Sheffield, creates stop-animation, often using miniature insect sculptures she has formed with paper cutting techniques. Dionne Phillips went from behind the bar to the DJ booth in Brixton nightclubs, whilst, Neil Rayment, a jewellery designer, says the twilight hours are when he feels most inspired and the perfect time for him to work on a design in his workshop.

A MEN’S prison is one of the world’s least likely settings for a beauty school, but one group of California inmates are fast on their way to becoming qualified beauticians. Manicures, pedicures and facials are just some of the treatments practised and perfected by the felons incarcerated inside the walls of Valley State Prison. Carmen Shehorn, tutor on the cosmetology course at the Chowchilla penitentiary, said she chooses not to ask what crimes her students are locked up for. “It is a violent institution. There are lots of alarms and a lot of training on how to be safe and be aware of what’s going on around you at all times, so the very first day I started here, I came around the corner and saw all the inmates and was like ‘what did I get myself into?’” she told Barcroft TV.

A PIZZA delivery boy who was thrown out onto the streets by his father has become one of India’s best known BMX champions. Growing up in the slums of Mumbai, India, 26-year-old Annul Pale had a passion for cycling from his early days and developed an interest in BMX after watching the stunts on a sports channel. After experimenting with skateboarding and b-boying, Anul got into BMX stunt riding in 2005 and has since won numerous championships and even appeared in a movie.

An 11-year-old ‘diva' has become an Internet superstar and built up a vast following on social media - despite suffering from a super-rare ageing condition. Adalia Rose, from Austin, Texas, has racked up nearly 170 million views on YouTube and more than 13 million likes on Facebook with her hilarious videos showcasing her infectious personality. But Adalia has Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome - a genetic condition characterised by the signs of accelerated ageing, which affects less than 500 people worldwide. In additional to premature ageing, other symptoms include dwarfism, lack of body fat and muscle, loss of hair, visible veins, a high pitched voice and stiffness in joints.

A FITNESS fanatic has learnt to love her body again after giving birth to twins left her with a caesarean-section scar and excess skin. As a health and fitness coach, Kylee Austin, 30, from Gilbert, Arizona, was used to being in control of her body. But after giving birth to twins Kayden and Keegan by C-section, Kylee struggled to regain her former toned tummy and found the scars and excess skin on her stomach difficult to accept. Now Kylee is reclaiming her body – and encouraging other mums to do the same, sharing her story online to show the real side of pregnancy and having kids.

THE leader of one of America’s most prominent devil-worshipping churches says he turned to Satan to help him cope with the guilt of killing a man in self-defence. Adam Daniels, 35, is the “dastur” - or high priest - of the Church of Ahriman, which is based in Oklahoma City, USA. The Church of Ahriman has 15 members and worships Ahriman, another name for the original Persian devil figure Angra Mainyu - the God of Hell. The church’s followers meet in Daniels' home, where he has converted a storage room into the ritual chamber in which he performs ceremonies including devil worshipping weddings and Satanic exorcisms. However, Daniels’ beliefs were not always so fiery - before turning to the devil he was actually a Buddhist.

A CALIFORNIAN pastor has opened up about her former career as one of the world’s most successful porn stars, and her path to finding God. Brittni De La Mora and her husband Richard, both 31, preach the gospel at Cornerstone Church in San Diego, but six years ago her life was very different. Under her stage name, Jenna Presley, Brittni was ranked one of the world’s hottest female adult performers, and was earning around $30,000 a month, but was in the depths of drug addiction and suicidal thoughts. Having started going to church and got clean, Brittni now goes into porn conventions to preach the Bible’s teachings to adult movie performers, and has written two relationship books with her husband.

TWO teenage girls have become best friends due to both having albinism. Lucy Carpenter, 14, and Sammy McCombe, 13, from Melbourne, Australia, have a rare form of albinism.The mothers of the teenagers immediately noticed something was different about their children as soon as they were born, but only received a diagnoses a few weeks after. The pair first met as just babies, when their mother’s went to a support event for families with children with albinism. After briefly losing contact, they rekindled their friendship and have been inseparable ever since.

A BEAUTY company employs people with disabilities to provide them with opportunities. Blush & Whimsy is a startup in New Mexico selling lipsticks with a difference. The New Mexico company was founded in 2016 by Michaela Brown after she volunteered at a charity for disabled american veterans. The CEO said: “I’ve witnessed the challenges people with disabilities often face finding employment. I think it’s a missed opportunity for so many companies and I wanted to ensure I did not miss out. “From the warehouse all the way up to the guest, I wanted everyone to feel empowered, feel essential and feel important.” Michaela currently employs around 80 people with different abilities to varying roles in the company, from packaging the products to organising the mailroom.

THE FORMER pastor of a snake-handling church has vowed to carry on handling serpents - despite almost dying after being bitten by a rattlesnake. Cody Coots is the ex-leader of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, one of America’s only remaining snake-handling churches. The dangerous ritual had already cost the Pentecostal church its previous pastor, Cody’s father Jamie Coots, 42, after he was bitten by a rattlesnake and killed in 2014. The disturbing footage of Cody being bitten by a timber rattlesnake - the same snake that killed his his father - features in My Life Inside: The Snake Church, a two-part film from Barcroft TV. Cody was airlifted to hospital where he was eventually stabilised despite major swelling to his eyes, face and airways. Cody survived and recovered and, despite his ordeal, still attends the church and says he has no plans to give up handling snakes.

A MUM-OF-TWO who looks like 'a real-life blow up doll' claims posting sexy snaps on social media doesn’t stop her being a good mum. With her breast implants, pumped up lips and platinum dyed hair, Cindy Moore looks a lot like a blow-up sex doll - which is exactly the look she is going for. The 29-year-old used to weigh 17 stone and wear a size 24, but after dropping nearly seven stone and six dress sizes, Cindy started flaunting her new look in racy Instagram photos. Dressed in fishnet bodysuits, school girl-style skirts that show her butt cheeks and extra small bra tops, Cindy says she posts the pictures for herself rather than anyone else.

A PRIEST in India suffers from a mystery medical condition that has made his body shrink and his bones bend. Bharat Tiwari, from Madhya Pradesh, suffers from a rare condition that has never been diagnosed by doctors, with local villagers dubbing 53-year-old Bharat, 'the Bendy Priest’. Bharat believes that his condition may be linked to an incident when a wall collapsed on top of him at the age of five, but he is now happy to bestow blessings on the villagers who flock to visit him.

AN armless drag queen is storming Newcastle’s drag scene with her act as a masturbating T-Rex.
Sophie Harris has thrombocytopenia absent radius - also known as TAR syndrome - a rare congenital disorder which meant she was born without forearms. The 26-year-old has found confidence and acceptance by performing as a drag artist inspired by the famous - and armless - Greek statue. Sophie saw her first drag show on holiday in Turkey when she was ten-years-old and instantly fell in love with their flamboyance. She initially held back from the scene until she learned more about female bodied and transgender drag queens and decided to create her own drag persona, Venus Dimilo.

A NEW documentary has captured the startling moment a controversial American pastor is bitten by a deadly snake during a service. Cody Coots is the pastor at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky - one of America’s only remaining snake-handling churches. The dangerous ritual had already cost the Pentecostal church its previous pastor, Cody’s father Jamie Coots, 42, after he was bitten by a rattlesnake and killed in 2014. And the shocking footage shows Cody Coots - his shirt splattered in blood - collapsing and being helped from his altar as the snake’s potentially lethal poison begins to take hold. The church’s story is told in My Life Inside: The Snake Church, the first film in a new series from Barcroft TV which gains unprecedented access to people who’ve chosen to live outside the norms of modern mainstream society.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD has a rare condition which makes him look and act like a child. Christopher Rea, from Newark, Delaware, suffers from an extremely rare form of dwarfism called Mucopolysaccharidosis Type 4, otherwise known as Morquio, which affects only 1 in 250,000 births worldwide. Symptoms include skeletal deformities, dwarfism, narrow airways, spinal instability and enlarged organs and, incredibly, Christopher has two younger sisters with the same condition. Despite his symptoms, which include being unable to walk since the age of 7, Christopher’s parents describe him as a funny character who loves playing computer games.

A MAN who shed an incredible 310 lbs after becoming morbidly obese has had 13 lbs of loose skin removed in a life-changing procedure. At one point, John Allaire was so morbidly obese he wore 8XL shirts and had to be weighed on a commercial scale at a fish market, as standard scales would not hold his weight. But after joining a fitness programme and dropping from 540 pounds to a lean 230 lbs, the 27-year-old was left with severe excess skin. John underwent skin removal surgery in March which saw the bulk of the loose skin on his torso and arms removed – but will require further surgery in the future to remove the skin on his lower body.

SEX is one part of life that has remained intimate in a society increasingly eager to share everything online. But one couple in Mexico City is helping to usher in a ‘social sex revolution’ by allowing the world to share in their most personal moments. Fernanda Vasconcelos and her partner Walter Gutierrez have built a following online by posting videos of their sex lives using the website ‘Make Love Not Porn’ – an entirely user-generated video-sharing platform for real-world sex. Walter told Barcroft Media: “It’s to show real people having real-world sex and fighting all the misconceptions that come from porn.”

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl born with Down Syndrome is building a successful child modelling career. Grace Isabella Wharton from Cheshire, UK, signed with an agency last year and has already worked a number of jobs for the likes of Disney and CBeebies. The buoyant schoolgirl also starred in a diversity campaign called, ‘Behind the Scars’, and has amassed more than 1,000 followers on Instagram. And despite being born with Down Syndrome, a condition that significantly affects the fundamental aspects of one’s life, Grace is determined to not let it define her with the help of her parents, Cheryl and John Wharton.

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl born with Down Syndrome is building a successful child modelling career. Grace Isabella Wharton from Cheshire, UK, signed with an agency last year and has already worked a number of jobs for the likes of Disney and CBeebies. The buoyant schoolgirl also starred in a diversity campaign called, ‘Behind the Scars’, and has amassed more than 1,000 followers on Instagram. And despite being born with Down Syndrome, a condition that significantly affects the fundamental aspects of one’s life, Grace is determined to not let it define her with the help of her parents, Cheryl and John Wharton.

A DISNEY obsessed family of four visit the park EVERY week. Living in Norwalk, Southern California, means the Ruvalcabas family live right next door to Disneyland. The family of four head to the theme park at least once a week, with parents Jennifer and Raul estimating they have collectively been to Disneyland over 300 times. The family dress up as their favourite characters, with outfits that mom Jennifer has created herself. After teaching herself to sew, the stay-at-home mom has made over 60 outfits for six-year-old daughter Riley; and has now started sewing cloaks and an estimated 20 outfits for two-year-old son Liam.

A burns survivor with third degree burns to her hands has founded her own fashion line - worn by celebrities on the red carpets. Linda Rowe Thomas was just two-years-old when a heater at home exploded next to her and her older sister. Doctors warned Linda’s mother that due to her third degree burns, she wouldn’t have the chance of a quality of life. But the designer, from Jacksonville, Arkansas, has proved them wrong, as she now has a successful fashion label and has dressed stars for the Golden Globes.

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