A YOUNG WOMAN with cerebral palsy is promoting inclusivity within the fashion industry. Autumn Kinkade may have been born with cerebral palsy, rendering her to use a walker, but she was also born with a sense of adventure that has enabled her to model all over the country. The 18-year-old from Adair, Oklahoma, believes the fashion world should feature more disabled models to give other people with different challenges a try.
IT’S BEEN 10 years since Asha Mandela claimed the Guinness World Record for the longest dreads in the world - but how long are her locks now? Asha’s two longest dreads, which she affectionately refers to as her ‘antennae’, measure an incredible 110ft – more than the length of three double decker buses. Asha, who was recently on a trip to the UK, visited the Quattro Lounge in Wellingborough for a day of pampering suburban style. And staff at the beauty salon, which is located within a leisure centre, took full advantage of the nearby squash courts to measure Asha’s dreads.
TWO BRITISH girls are the most unlikely best friends as one is a goth, and the other a pastel lolita. Rosie Hinton, 21, is a pastel-coloured ’80’s space baby’ living in London with her best friend, and goth, Jude. Not only do the pair dress in massively contrasting styles, they have even themed their bedrooms around their unique looks. Rosie’s bedroom is jam-packed with pink toys, happy clowns, and colorful stuffed animals, while Jude has taken the more minimal approach, choosing only black and white decor. And they even share a dressing room which is split entirely down the middle, divided by a sofa which is half pastel pink and half gothic black.
A WOMAN with Down syndrome has used her flair for writing and drawing to launch her own clothing line. Grace Key may have been born with Down’s syndrome, but she was also born with creativity and sass that has enabled her to launch a cute clothing line and a modelling career. The 20-year-old from Calhoun, Georgia, is spreading positive messages through her brightly coloured t-shirts, which state phrases like ‘Be The Light.’
A REAL-LIFE Rapunzel with six-foot long hair uses her long locks as ’something to wear’ when posing naked as a life drawing model .Frankie Cluney from Brighton, England has been growing her hair since she was six years old, after falling in love with mythical women in fairytale books that had long, flowing hair.Now the 32-year-old artist has cascading locks that that any princess would be jealous of.
AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy with a sassy alter-ego is proving that you can slay as a drag queen at any age. Jason Kerr, otherwise known as Suzan Bee Anthony, is already making a name for himself as a successful drag queen in Missouri - and he’s only 11-years-old. Jason has been dressing up since the age of three, and has all of the traits you’d expect to see in a fully-fledged drag queen. Jason told Barcroft TV: “When I am a full drag I feel confident, strong and independent.
Kirill Tereshin has risked his life injecting dangerous chemicals into his biceps to make them appear bigger. The 22-year-old man, from Pyatigorsk, southwestern Russia, rose to fame for his unbelievable large arms as a result of painful synthol injections. The incredible Hulk-inspired man’s biceps measure an astonishing 61 centimetres. He is proud to be known locally as ‘Ruki Bazuki’ and despite all risks, Kirill intends to carry on injecting synthol oil into his muscles.
INSPIRED by her son, a woman with three serious medical conditions has shared her incredible her story of overcoming depression and accepting her physical appearance. Vanessa Cornelio, 25, was born with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic condition which causes tumours to grow on her nervous system, as well as Scoliosis and Kyphosis which cause sideways and outward curvature of her spine. Her son, Daniel Jr., was also born with NF and Vanessa says she has finally decided to speak out in the hope it will one day inspire him. Vanessa, of Glendale, Arizona, told Barcroft Media: “It’s hard to have what I have on my body and be okay because women around the world work out, they have perfect bodies, they have everything.
A MOTHER with dwarfism - and half of ‘Britain’s shortest couple’ - has given birth to her second baby. Laura and her husband, Nathan Phillips, welcomed their son, Jax, into the world on September 5 2018. The parents from Newcastle have different forms of dwarfism, Laura has Achondroplasia and stands at 4ft 1, whereas Nathan has Pseudoachondroplasia and is 3ft 11. Four years ago, Laura gave birth to their first son, Nathan Junior. Miraculously, Nathan Jr was named as a ‘double-dwarf’ as he has both of his parent’s dwarfism, which is a extremely rare. And now, Laura, 28, and Nathan, 38, have received the news that their new baby boy, Jax, was born with Achondroplasia only – following in his mother’s proud footsteps.
A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy is making waves in the modelling industry, all due to his giant curly Afro hair. Farouk James Miller from Fulham, London, has a head of hair which has sparked a successful modelling career. His two-foot high, afro curls have caught the eyes of clothes brands and even get him paid Instagram advertisement jobs
THREE pre-teens have become firm friends, united by the difficult journey that lies ahead for them - transitioning from male to female while still only children. Though they have not yet even begun high school, Lily, Fiana and Zuri have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and will soon undergo medical intervention to prevent their bodies changing from that of boys to men. Lily, 11, from the Austin area of Texas, has already begun taking hormone blockers to prevent her going through male puberty - an irreversible change her parents wrestled with before undertaking.
A HUSBAND and wife of ten years have told of how they have come to share their bed with another man. Bella and Ken from Orange, Connecticut, had been married five years and were raising two young daughters when Bella met Daniel at a party, and sparks flew. “At the end of the night, I don’t know why but he was about to leave and we were saying goodbye, and I kissed him,” Bella, 34, told Barcroft TV. “I was like, ‘okay, I’m married and I just kissed another married man’. I was having very conflicted feelings about it, but I wanted to do it again.” Though the college sweethearts were strictly monogamous, they discussed exploring having other partners and decided to get to know Daniel and his wife – who were in an open relationship – better. Bella, 34, said: “There was a lot of chemistry and we were like ‘maybe this is something that we really want to try’, so we invited them over, we talked a couple of times and we ended up all having sex, and we kind of went from there.”
A YOUNG woman whose body has been covered by inflamed spots has chosen to publicly celebrate her ‘dalmatian skin’. Georgia Crowther, from Hertfordshire, was just six years old when she woke up with inflamed patches of psoriasis across her entire body. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes the skin to become red, irritable and flaky and only affects around 2% of people in the UK. When her condition is at its worst, she has to bathe up to four times a day and will constantly apply cream to moisturise the dry, irritated patches. But now, at 25, Georgia has learned to fully embrace what she calls her ‘Dalmatian skin’.
A TEENAGER who was born with dwarfism is fulfilling her dream of becoming a professional horse rider and says it has helped her accept her disability. Megan Gregory, from Croydon, was born with Achondroplasia – a type of dwarfism that affects the growth of arms and other long bones. In addition to this, Megan has a frontal bossing on the top of her head and ‘tripod’ fingers, meaning they all measure to the same size.The 19-year-old spent her school years being bullied but after taking up horse riding and started to compete two years ago, she has new-found confidence. Megan lives a normal life despite her disability, admitting she has “always liked a challenge”.
A MAN who shot himself in the face astonishingly survived with barely a scar on his face. Every year on 2 September, Kevin Amundson holds a party; there’s food, drink, laughter and music; family and friends bring presents but it’s not a birthday celebration, it’s Kevin’s ‘miracle day’ party. Four years ago Kevin tried to kill himself by shooting himself in the head. Doctors gave Kevin a 50% chance of survival. Even when they knew he wouldn’t die they still predicted Kevin would have mobility and speech problems the rest of his life; but again Kevin surprised everyone by learning to walk and talk again. Apart from a scar running through his hairline, to look at Kevin, now 24, it would be hard to believe just four years ago he had blasted a bullet through his face; aside from his physical recovery, Kevin’s suicide attempt also led to him finally receiving an official diagnosis and treatment for depression.
A MAKE-UP artist born without femur bones or knees refuses to let her disability hold her back from her dream career. Priscilla Miranda was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), a non-hereditary birth defect that affects the pelvis, hip bones and the proximal femur. Throughout her childhood, the make-up artist had several surgeries on her ankles to correct clubbing and on one of her feet. After being complimented on her own make up skills, the 31-year-old from Orange County, California, decided to pursue a career as a make-up and hair artist, even though she was discouraged during college tours.
MODEL Martina Big who is known for her giant breasts and ‘transitioning' from a white woman to look ‘African’ has got married to her childhood sweetheart. Martina Big from Germany, famous for her big bust and controversial tan, has married her partner Michael, who she has been with since high school. The couple had an intimate ceremony, with just the two of them, earlier this month on a beautiful beach on an island aptly named ‘Big Island’ in Hawaii
A CAR crash victim who was given just a five percent chance of survival is now a fitness heavyweight and model. Tiphany Adams, 35 from Lodi, California, is already on her second life. When she was just 17 years old, Tiphany was in a car crash where all four people, including herself, were pronounced dead on the scene by emergency services. Medi-aired to hospital for 30 hours of life-saving surgery, Tiphany was given a five percent chance of survival. In a coma for three weeks, Tiphany fought for her life. When she woke up, her father, who largely brought her up, had to deliver the news that Tiphany was a paraplegic, with a T10 fracture and L2 movement.
CONJOINED twins Callie and Carter Torres continue to thrive together – despite expert doctors giving them just 24 hours to live. Callie and Carter were born attached by their pelvis area, sharing all organs from the belly button down and having a single leg each. The girls, who reside in Blackfoot, Idaho, are described as omphalo-ischiopagus twins that make up less than five percent of conjoined twins throughout the world. Still to this day, just 40 to 60 percent of all conjoined twins manage to survive past birth. But with their second birthday approaching in the new year, Callie and Carter’s health continues to improve, much to the delight of parents, Chelsea and Nick Torres.
PLAYING fetch on all fours might seem like an unusual activity for a human, but one man who identifies as a dog says it has brought him closer to his partner. Tony McGinn, known as ‘Tony Bark’ to his friends, says he has been into animal role-play his entire life, and refers to himself as a “human pup”. Tony, who is transgender, is supported by his husband and “handler” Andrew, 32, who accompanies Tony to regular play dates with other role-players. Tony, 30, of Los Angeles, told Barcroft Media: “To me a dog is everything pure in the world. Dogs experience the world through a lens of pure joy that I don’t think other animals have.
A 17-YEAR-OLD has committed herself to America’s Purity Movement - where daughter’s pledge abstinence to their fathers. The Purity Movement started in Colorado Springs 20 years ago. It was founded by the evangelical Randy Wilson and his wife Lisa and has since then spread across 48 states and 17 countries. The movement holds annual Purity Balls, as a ceremony for young girls to pledge to abstain from sex until they get married. The formal occasion, entails the girls wearing long white gowns and the fathers donning smart suits, attending a dinner and dance - making it look like a wedding. At the ceremony, fathers are given a key, representing their daughter's chastity, to eventually pass on to their daughter’s future husband. Both father and daughter then sign a purity contract and the daughters are given a purity ring to wear on their wedding ring finger. In Louisiana, 17-year-old Hannah Lee Powers is preparing to attend a Purity Ball with her father, Beauchamp.
A TEENAGER with 95 percent burns covering his body once felt like a “monster” but is now chasing his modelling dreams. At four-years-old, Johnny Quinn, nearly died in a fire at his home and was saved when his older sister Leah pulled him out of the blaze. Johnny, now 18, struggled to accept his scars for a long time, including experiencing anorexia as a young teen, but he is now embracing his scars. The teenager from Millington, Tennessee, who has had over 80 reconstructive surgeries, is now pursuing his dreams of modelling so that he can inspire others to accept their unique scars. Find out more about Courageous Faces Foundation at: https://www.courageousfacesfoundation.org/
A WOMAN who has successfully battled breast cancer twice is celebrating her new body with a beautiful mastectomy tattoo. Having endured breast cancer not once but twice Sara Coulson has undergone 26 rounds of chemotherapy, 21 rounds of radiotherapy, a lumpectomy, double mastectomy – and now a tattoo over her mastectomy scars. The 52-year-old from Gores Landing, Ontario Canada had been considering reconstructive surgery for two months only for doctors to tell her she was genetically at too high a risk of getting cancer again and should delay reconstruction for another year. Rather than wait Sara decided to get a mastectomy tattoo instead that celebrates her new body, scars and all.
A CAUCASIAN man has spent over £75,000 on surgeries to look like his Korean boyband idol. Oli London first discovered K-pop boyband BTS when he was living in Korea in 2013. ,K-pop is a popular genre of music from Korea, and BTS is currently one of the most famous K-pop bands in the world. The Londoner is particularly infatuated with lead vocalist from the band, Jimin, and he has strived to look like his idol for five years.
A 29-YEAR-OLD man is living to his life to the full, despite having died NINE times. Jamie Poole was born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - a heart condition in which a portion of the heart becomes thickened, resulting in the organ being less able to pump blood effectively around the body, causing sometimes fatal complications. Jamie told Barcroft TV: “It’s not a rare condition. One in 500 in the UK will have this condition. Unfortunately with my condition it’s more advanced, or more complicated. And it’s been causing me problems now for the last 10 years.”Not many people have their heart stop and live to tell the tale, however this has happened to Jamie an incredible nine times.