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These Plus-Size Dancers Are A 'Pretty Big' Deal | SHAKE MY BEAUTY7m18s

These Plus-Size Dancers Are A 'Pretty Big' Deal | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A GROUP of plus-size dancers in New York prove size is no barrier to being a great dancer. When Akira Armstrong appeared in not one but two Beyonce videos, she thought she had hit the big time. But as a plus-size dancer she struggled to find regular work and, for a few years, even gave up on her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Determined to succeed – and give other fuller-figured women the opportunity to perform - Akira founded Pretty Big Movement, a plus-size dance group who train in New York City and have performed across the globe. Pretty Big Movement is made up of eight core dancers who train together at least twice a week. The troupe also puts on monthly dance workshops in NYC that women of all shapes, sizes and ages can attend – no matter what their dance ability. Most recently Pretty Big Movement has run an apprenticeship scheme for aspiring professional dancers. Together they hope to challenge the stereotypes that you can only be a good dancer if you are a size zero. Akira, who describes Pretty Big Movement as “her baby” founded the group 10 years ago and challenged the assumption that larger-sized women are unable to dance.

The 8-Year-Old Basketballer Shooting For The Stars | KICK-ASS KIDS4m47s

The 8-Year-Old Basketballer Shooting For The Stars | KICK-ASS KIDS

A BASKETBALL-obsessed girl is already running rings around her father on the court - despite being only eight years old. Samaya Clark-Gabriel, from Brooklyn, New York, regularly trains with high school students twice her height and has an impressive array of tricks in her repertoire. She wowed crowds during the half-time show at a Harlem Globetrotters game in December last year by simultaneously dribbling two balls between her legs while BLINDFOLDED. The pint sized star only began playing aged six, but is already able to easily outmatch her dad in a one-v-one. Prodigy Samaya does intensive training sessions three times a week and dreams of one day playing in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association).

Twin Sisters Become Twin Brothers | MY TRANS LIFE7m26s

Twin Sisters Become Twin Brothers | MY TRANS LIFE

IDENTICAL twin brothers who were born female both transitioned gender at the same time. Identical twins Angel and Fabian Griffin do everything together: they are both aspiring rappers, they train together at the gym, are each other’s wingman on a night out and both drive trucks for a living. But most dramatically, in their early twenties, both made the decision to transition from female to male. The 29-year-old brothers, from Atlanta have been able to support one another every step of their joint journey – from surgery and dating to the realities of what it means to be a young black man in America.

I Can’t Stop Falling Asleep | TRULY8m06s

I Can’t Stop Falling Asleep | TRULY

A PERSONAL TRAINER suffers with an extreme form of narcolepsy – a condition that causes her to uncontrollably fall asleep up to 15 times a day. For most people, sleep is a luxury, but for Belle Hutt, it’s something she spends most of her time trying to avoid. Whether she’s sat in a restaurant with a group of friends, or she’s on the sofa at home watching a film, the 23-year-old has to battle excessive sleepiness, hallucinations and cataplexy on a daily basis. Belle, from Surrey, was diagnosed with the condition when she was 17. It was impossible for her to study and she had to drop out of college. Narcolepsy has since left her unable to work a full-time job, but fortunately, Belle has found two big saviours in her life – personal training and her boyfriend, Maikel Breukelman.

Woman With Spina Bifida Hits The Catwalk | SHAKE MY BEAUTY6m31s

Woman With Spina Bifida Hits The Catwalk | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

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.

My Handbag Keeps Me Alive | TRULY8m59s

My Handbag Keeps Me Alive | TRULY

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.

Controversial ‘Cult’ Leader Claims He Can Change The Weather I TRULY13m51s

Controversial ‘Cult’ Leader Claims He Can Change The Weather I TRULY

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.

Living With A Feeding Tube 24/7 | TRULY7m38s

Living With A Feeding Tube 24/7 | TRULY

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.

OPEN ALL HOURS: ‘Twilight’ Workers Contribute An Estimated £487 Billion To The UK Economy3m30s

OPEN ALL HOURS: ‘Twilight’ Workers Contribute An Estimated £487 Billion To The UK Economy

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.

The Beauty School In A Men’s Prison | TRULY8m04s

The Beauty School In A Men’s Prison | TRULY

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.

Indian Slum Kid Becomes Insane BMX Champ | TRULY6m34s

Indian Slum Kid Becomes Insane BMX Champ | TRULY

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.

Adalia Rose: The Girl Who Ages Too Fast | BORN DIFFERENT8m17s

Adalia Rose: The Girl Who Ages Too Fast | BORN DIFFERENT

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.

Bikini Competitor Embraces Stretch Marks After Twins | SHAKE MY BEAUTY6m03s

Bikini Competitor Embraces Stretch Marks After Twins | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

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.

I Set Up My Own Devil Church | MY LIFE INSIDE DEVIL WORSHIPPING17m11s

I Set Up My Own Devil Church | MY LIFE INSIDE DEVIL WORSHIPPING

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.

From Pornstar to Preacher | TRULY5m38s

From Pornstar to Preacher | TRULY

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.

The Besties With Albinism | BORN DIFFERENT5m22s

The Besties With Albinism | BORN DIFFERENT

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.

The Beauty Company Staffed By People With Disabilities | TRULY4m06s

The Beauty Company Staffed By People With Disabilities | TRULY

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.