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My Lupus Blisters Won’t Hold Me Back | SHAKE MY BEAUTY4m09s

My Lupus Blisters Won’t Hold Me Back | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

DESPITE being plagued by burn-like lesions all over her body, this fiery aspiring model loves every inch of her skin. At just 23-years-old, Jokiva Bellard is a regular at her local A&E, thanks to countless visits caused by the debilitating autoimmune disease mistakenly attacking healthy tissue - lupus. The autoimmune disease comes in many forms, with most sufferers experiencing mild symptoms, but for those who suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), it can be life-threatening. When Jokiva, from Sunset, Louisiana, was first diagnosed while studying, she thought that she could just carry on as normal, but she swiftly found out that the disease would change her life forever. After her kidneys failing landed her in A&E, Jokiva lost 50 lbs in just 10 days and realised that she had to take the disease seriously. After liveblogging an A&E experience on Facebook, Jokiva has used her online presence to raise awareness of lupus and to celebrate her unique beauty - blisters and all.

I Shot Myself In The Face7m14s

I Shot Myself In The Face

A SUICIDE survivor who shot herself in the head now helps others to beat the stigma of mental health. At 7am one foggy morning in 2010; Christen McGinnes; loaded a .357 revolver at her home in Virginia and calmly made the decision to shoot herself in the head. The decision to take her own life had come after a year of trauma after losing her job; breaking up with her partner and her beloved grandmother passing away. Christen was airlifted to hospital and was in a coma for three weeks. The bullet had destroyed the right side of her face; from her eye to her chin. It had blown off the right jawbone; a third of her teeth and tongue; the lower half of her mouth and her right eye. She’d also shattered her nose. The love and care she received from the people around her showed Christen that life was worth living; and now she spends her time helping others break the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide attempts by volunteering at the Trauma Network Centre in Virginia.

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Published: December 15, 2017Updated: December 16, 2017
My Girlfriend Is A World Famous Porn Star | EXTREME LOVE5m23s

My Girlfriend Is A World Famous Porn Star | EXTREME LOVE

A DOWN-TO-EARTH events planner has revealed what it’s like to date one of the world’s biggest porn stars. Mike Adkins, 32, has been dating Allie Haze for the last four years after being introduced by a mutual friend. 30-year-old Allie is the star of a string of famous adult movies - including Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody where she plays a more sexually adventurous version of Princess Leia. Despite Allie’s controversial day job, Mike, who lives with Allie in Las Vegas, says he wasn’t intimidated the first time they had sex. And, most surprisingly, he doesn’t feel jealous that Allie has sex with other men - and women – every day.

Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves Explores Delhi | HOOKED ON THE LOOK6m00s

Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves Explores Delhi | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

HUMAN Ken Doll, Rodrigo Alves swapped the pristine surroundings of spas and plastic surgery clinics for an authentic Indian experience on a recent trip to Delhi. Rodrigo spent the last day of his trip to India visiting some of Delhi’s tourist spots, eating local food, exploring the market, and, of course, clothes shopping. Despite having visited India before, Rodrigo, 34, believes this trip is the first time he’s really got to understand and appreciate more of the country’s culture. And he’s already planning his next visit, where he hopes to have yet more cosmetic procedures, this time changing his eye colour.

Model Mom Embraces Stretch Marks To Inspire Others | SHAKE MY BEAUTY4m16s

Model Mom Embraces Stretch Marks To Inspire Others | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A DETERMINED mother has launched an online campaign to inspire women to embrace their stretch marks. Striving to be a swimsuit model all her life, Talmesha Jones, from San Antonio, Texas, struggled to accept her post-baby stretch marks when she gave birth to her only son, Chase, five years ago. Talmesha’s confidence was at an all-time low – often receiving abuse online, she would refuse to look at herself in the mirror. But when best friend, Johnathan Benton, convinced her to take part in a photo-shoot for the first time since giving birth, Talmesha decided enough was enough and that her stretch marks actually made her unique and special. Talmesha, 27, then launched the popular Instagram hashtag, ‘Tiger Stripes On A Tuesday’ – challenging the stigma attached to stretch marks and encouraging women from around the world to post pictures of their post-baby bodies.

Cyclists Set Himalayan Speed Record5m04s

Cyclists Set Himalayan Speed Record

A TOUR DE FRANCE veteran has smashed the speed record for cycling one of the highest roads of the Himalayas. ŠKODA AUTO brought four riders and two support cars to the grueling 40 km Khardung La route in India to beat the 3 hours 4 minutes 6 seconds STRAVA record, previously held by Christophe Klugge from Austria in 2012. Bartosz Huzarski, 37, battled vicious snowstorms in oxygen-depleted air to complete the challenge in just 2 hours, 36 minutes and 16 seconds. The uphill route is known as one of the world’s toughest hills, with a constant five-per-cent gradient and severe threat of altitude sickness. The Polish former pro-cyclist shaved just under 30 minutes off the previous STRAVA record for the 5,359 metre high challenge, which crosses through Jammu and Kashmir, in India. As well as Bartosz, keen cycling enthusiast Andrea Schiliro, from Milan, Italy also beat Klugge’s former record with a time of 2 hours 46 minutes and 9 seconds, while Swede Eva Lindskog set a new women’s record completing the challenge in 2 hours 50 minutes and 8 seconds. "The rider’s epic challenge is showcased in the film, ‘Catching Breath’. To watch the full documentary visit: https://www.welovecycling.com/wide/catching-breath/"

The Knockout Boxer Who’s Only 9 | KICK-ASS KIDS4m21s

The Knockout Boxer Who’s Only 9 | KICK-ASS KIDS

NINE-year-old boxing star Kira Makogonenko is so good that she’s having trouble finding boys willing to get in the ring with her. Nicknamed the “Pink Panther” due to the colour of her boxing outfit, the undefeated nine-year-old's lightning-fast punches have won her a total of nine fights - half of them against boys in an older age category. Her deadly shots and quick footwork were honed with the help of her father and coach Artem Makogonenko.Little Kira, from Kharkov, Ukraine, has only been in training for one year, but wowed audiences online with videos of her shadow sparring with her dad while blindfolded. To keep up with Kira’s boxing skills visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp8PpgLgPgP0MgIGb3PuccQ

This Hoarder Is So Out Of Control, He Can’t Get Into His Own House11m43s

This Hoarder Is So Out Of Control, He Can’t Get Into His Own House

A 74-year-old hotel worker's hoarding has got so out of control, he can’t get into his own home. Michael Saunders is a hard working, well-presented man, but his two houses, in the West Midlands, UK, tell a different story. The front door and windows to one of his semi-detached homes is blocked by seven foot high piles of furniture, bin bags and boxes and both have gardens that could be mistaken for jungles. So the local council has called in extreme cleaners Tee and Caz from N Gervais Extreme Cleaning Team. Michael says that he works as a duty manager in a luxury 69 bedroom hotel, where he plays the piano and cooks the breakfasts for the guests. Michael says: “I lead a very, very busy life. I then went into hospital with cancer. I was in hospital for six months. I had the loss of salary for six months and then I was asked not to lift anything for about 11 weeks. And obviously things got in to a dilapidated state.” The Cleaning Team estimated Mr. Sanders’ hoarding to be a level five, which is the highest level. At first, he wouldn’t allow Tee and Caz into either of his houses, so they started with the gardens, before moving onto his cars. In total, the garden clean-ups alone took a team of five, two weeks to complete. The N Gervais team offered the elderly man an aftercare service, where they will visit him once every month after the cleanup. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Charley Sutton, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

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Published: December 2, 2017213 viewsVirality: 18%
This Woman’s Leg Has Swollen Up Three Times Its Size4m17s

This Woman’s Leg Has Swollen Up Three Times Its Size

This mum of two is living with a painful condition that has made her leg swell up to three times its original size. For 12 years, Lisanne Casalinuovo, 56, from New Jersey, has been living with lymphedema, which is a swelling caused by blocked lymph vessels, that made her right leg swell up to three times its original size. Lisanne says that she had an original fall 10 years ago right in her kitchen and she broke her kneecap and and about a year later my leg started to swell. However, the swelling on Lisanne’s leg unfortunately did not disappear, but instead it gradually grew larger, taking a huge toll on her social and love life, even making her bed ridden. Before the had this medical condition, she always wore dresses and high heels, but the drastic size of her right leg has made it nearly impossible for her to exercise, or even find clothes that are able to fit over both of her legs. Luckily, she has the support of her family, including her son Taylor Astin, 33, who helps her with any everyday activities that she struggles with. Taylor takes a huge burden off his mother by helping around the house, the animals and the yard, doing lot of her chores, taking a lot off her shoulders. He is a great son! Lisanne's mother also suffered with lymphedema for the past twenty years that was triggered after tripping over a toy and injuring her leg. This condition is very much genetic and it can run in the whole family. Her kids and siblings can get it, and it is kind of frightening.

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Published: November 30, 2017142 viewsVirality: 3%
My Wheelchair Won’t Stop Me Being A Pole Dancer | BORN DIFFERENT5m26s

My Wheelchair Won’t Stop Me Being A Pole Dancer | BORN DIFFERENT

This disabled pole dancer is making waves in the pole world as a champion of adaptive athletes. Erin Clark, 36, first started pole dancing in April of this year and within months she had secured a national title and was on her way to the World Championships in Netherlands. But it has not always been plain sailing. The activist and pole performer has spent her entire life combating discrimination as a wheelchair user and now she is launching that fight into the pole world to build inclusivity.

12-Year-Old Kid Is An Aspiring Tattoo Artist5m05s

12-Year-Old Kid Is An Aspiring Tattoo Artist

He may not be old enough to get one, but he is certainly good enough to give tattoos! A 12-year-old named Ezrah Dormon has become of the world’s youngest tattoo artists six months ago, when he began his journey as an ink master by inking a small rose on his mom’s arm, under the watchful eye of his Tattoo mentor Ali Garcia. Now, this teenager from Panama City, Panama, is honing his craft at Honolulu Tattoo - conveniently set up inside the family’s home - still under the tutelage of his mentor. Ezrah told Barcroft TV: “When I started to tattoo, I felt that this was something that I was really going to love. That this was something that I was going to be able to dedicate myself too. I really love that I can help commemorate that moment in their life. That they get to share their story with me and I get to share it with the world." The preteen has now tattooed around 25 people and he is eager to keep practicing his craft. Ezrah’s mom Wynter Rosen said: “I was looking at his little tiny hand and I thought, ‘wow, I will never forget this moment. Here is my little boy, who just turned 12, tattooing me. It was very strange, the whole plethora emotions that you go through with something like that." While he is steadily building up his own portfolio, Ezrah is a long way off from getting his own tattoos - he says he will probably get one when he reaches 21. Would you get a piece from this young artist? We certainly would!

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Published: November 24, 2017197 viewsVirality: 1%
From Body Dysmorphia To Plus Size Model | SHAKE MY BEAUTY5m29s

From Body Dysmorphia To Plus Size Model | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A BLOGGER who suffered with body dysmorphia as a size 10 is now a size 16 and pursuing a career as a plus-size model. From a young age, Danica Marjanovic, now 24, battled with body dysmorphia. In her late teens the body positivity blogger lost a considerable amount of weight, documenting her diet tips on social media, but never felt happy about her slim figure. But after a difficult break up, Danica from Belfast, was motivated to start her life on a new journey of body positivity, self acceptance and self love, and rather than be overwhelmed by her insecurities, Danica embraced them by thrusting them into the spotlight via her blog. Now, Danica is taking the next step into accepting her new body, by entering a plus-size modelling competition.

Two Men And A Woman Share A Unique Menage A Trois2m56s

Two Men And A Woman Share A Unique Menage A Trois

Two men and one woman are tearing up relationship rules with a unique status - meet the ‘thruple.' Taking “three’s company” to a more intimate level, Cait Earnest shares an intimate one-bed apartment with her two boyfriends and their two adorable pups. Her partners Chris and Matt, 28, Brandt - who are married - have been together for eight years and were exploring an open relationship when Cait, 28, met Chris, 38, on a dating app in 2015. When they realized that they had strong feelings for each other, Chris asked Matt if he could invite Cait into their relationship. Chris explains: “Matthew had never had any experience with women before he’d met me. And before I met Matthew I had dated quite a few girls and quite a few guys. I suggested to Chris, ‘How would you feel about involving a woman in some fashion?’ At first he was completely opposed to the idea but after a while we talked about it and he warmed up to the idea.” Before long the threesome, from New York, were smitten with each other and became inseparable. Nine months into their relationship with Cait, Matt and Chris tied the knot but they made sure Cait was right there with them. While Chris and Cait are both bisexual, Matt identifies as homoflexible, meaning that he is flexible towards women, he just prefers men. Another issue the 'thruple' has faced was jealousy, because having to share Chris with Matt presented a challenge with Cait and vice versa. Now that they have been living together for two years, the 'thruple' are even discussing future children. But, as Matt says, they have two dogs for now and that is enough.

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Published: November 21, 201769,339 viewsVirality: 47%