Best Of Barcroft TV 20174m26s

Best Of Barcroft TV 2017

BARCROFT TV has featured some of the most incredible, inspiring and jaw-dropping stories from all over the world in 2017. We met one-in-a-million kids, followed plastic surgery addicts undergoing incredible transformations, and met unbelievable record breakers - including the man with the half-meter penis. It’s been another eye-popping year at the home of amazing true stories - for more fascinating, inspirational stories from around the world, subscribe to Barcroft TV today.

Meet The Rapunzel That Owns The World's Longest Dreadlocks3m00s

Meet The Rapunzel That Owns The World's Longest Dreadlocks

The 47-year-old "Black Rapunzel" from Atlanta, Asha Mandela, has a lock on a world record that others might dread: The world’s longest dreadlocks. This hair fanatic has 55ft locks which are longer than a London bus! Her hair weighs almost three stone, the weight of a child ripe for kindergarten, and takes two days to wash and dry. She also worries that someone with a 'hair fetish' will cut a chunk off when she is not looking. Mandela first started growing her lovely locks 25 years ago, after she moved from Trinidad and Tobago to New York and decided to have a more "natural" hairstyle. "When I first started, it was more of a spiritual journey. It wasn’t anything to do with a fad or style in fashion. After 25 years of growth, my hair has really become part of me and I feel that if I ever cut my hair I’d really be taking away my life." Mandela said according to the International Business Times. She washes the dreads once a week, using up to six bottles of shampoo at a time. Then it takes two days for the dreadlocks to dry, as they weigh 25 pounds when wet. Asha says the extra weight of her hair makes her doctors very concerned. But despite owning a world record and even though doctors warn she could paralyze herself, this lady wants to go bigger. She refuses to cut "her baby", saying it has helped her overcome cancer, two strokes and two heart-attacks. However, there is one area it has not affected - her love life. Three-times married Asha even claims it adds "a bit of spice". "My hair has never caused a problem with intimacy. I think it adds a little spice on top," she said. Ladies, you might try this recipe, it works like magic!

My Rare Facial Deformity Nearly Ruined My Life | BORN DIFFERENT4m06s

My Rare Facial Deformity Nearly Ruined My Life | BORN DIFFERENT

AN INSPIRING young woman has taken it upon herself to become an advocate for the condition. Cynthia Murphy was born with the rare craniofacial disorder, Treacher Collins Syndrome - a genetic disorder characterised by the deformity of the eyes, ears, cheekbones and chin, affecting only one in 50,000 people. With no cure for the condition, patients often undergo various surgeries to try and reduce the severity of their facial deformities. The 32-year-old, from Green Valley Lake, California, experienced an onslaught of bullying throughout her childhood – getting beaten up after school and being labelled as ‘ugly', the abuse plagued her for years into her adult life. But now, after more than 16 plastic surgeries and one major jaw reconstruction, Cynthia has found strength through advocating for her condition and helping others with craniofacial deformities in their quest to find happiness.

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.

Suicide Survivor Now Helps Others To Work On Their Mental Health7m14s

Suicide Survivor Now Helps Others To Work On Their Mental Health

Sometimes the things that happen to us can make us stronger, but sometimes they can make our fears and insecurity to come up to the surface. Not everybody reacts calmly and reasonably when faced with loss and failures. Christen McGinnes was very close to her grandmother, so when she passed away, this girl felt heartbroken. Even worse, at that same time she lost her job, and the boyfriend she was living with broke up with her. All of a sudden, she felt left alone, with nobody to give her comfort and safe place. After a while she started living with a friend. But, as it seemed, she couldn’t find happiness and hope in anything. Then one foggy morning in 2010 she loaded her 357 revolver at her home in Virginia and calmly made the decision to shoot herself in the head. Luckily for Christen, her roommate was at home, so she quickly called the ambulance. She was airlifted to a hospital and was in a coma for three weeks. The bullet had destroyed the right side of her face. It took 49 surgeries to reconstruct Christen’s face, but at the end all that mattered was that she was alive. The love and care she received from the people around her showed this woman that life was worth living. Her friend Howard says: "For Christen to go through all these surgeries and watching her go through the process, it only underlined what I always thought about her. I always thought that she was a strong person, I always thought that she was a capable person, I always thought that she had great compassion for others." Now Christen spends her time helping others break the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide attempts by volunteering at the Trauma Network Centre in Virginia. "I don’t believe that things happen for a reason. I believe it’s up to us to find the reason in the things that happen" says Christen.

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:"

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:

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

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.

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!

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.

Published: November 21, 201777,454 views
Girl Risked Her Life To Look Like A Barbie Doll7m24s

Girl Risked Her Life To Look Like A Barbie Doll

After spending £19,000 ($25,000) and nearly dying from a breast enlargement, a 21-year-old woman will do anything to look like Barbie. Amanda Ahola, from Jyväskylä, Finland, will do anything to achieve the ‘perfect Barbie look.’ She had her first breast enlargement when she was 18 years old. To date, the webcam model has spent £15,000 ($19,800) on three breast augmentations - taking her B Cup breasts to a 30GG cup - £4,000 ($5000+) on a nose job and hundreds of pounds on lip fillers and Botox injections. She almost died during her third breast augmentation when she suffered a seizure and swelling on the brain. But despite this, Amanda vows that she will continue to pursue her dream of looking plastic. “When people call me fake or Barbie, it makes me really happy." Without family support and financial help, Amanda has worked long hours, and a variety of jobs to pay for her surgeries to continue her ‘plastification' dream - including being a cleaner. Her third breast enlargement was paid for by a sugar daddy she met online, much to the dislike of her boyfriend Aleksi. Amanda says that she is fine with a stranger paying for her surgery addiction, as long as they don’t ask for a physical contact. Amanda's Barbie looks and webcam modelling job initially caused issues in her relationship with her boyfriend Aleksi, but he says that he has come to terms with it.

This Boy's Dwarfism Makes Him One In A Million8m03s

This Boy's Dwarfism Makes Him One In A Million

Levi Krystosek from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is an 11-year-old boy with a rare form of dwarfism, which makes him one-in-a-million. Levi’s condition is called Jansen's Metaphyseal Chondrodysplasia, which affects the growth of bones and causes considerable pain, meaning he is only 38 inches tall. At just eight days old, doctors told Levi’s parents, Dona and Joseph that their son was probably going to die. Determined their son would survive, the Krystoseks had to feed Levi every two hours just to try and build up his strength. Then when he started school, Levi failed Kindergarten twice and was put into a special needs class. But in fact, all Levi needed is to sit in front of the class and have his sheets blown up for him, because of his optic nerve atrophy, an effect of JMC. He has finally caught up with his peers in third grade, catching three school years in one, and is now in 5th grade. Because there is such a low number of genetically confirmed cases of JMC there is limited information on it. Dona and her family are actively involved with the Jansen’s Foundation, which not only bring together those who also have the condition but also to raise awareness and push for more research. There are only approximately 30 known cases of JMC in the world, and five genetically confirmed cases in the US.

Mom Embraces Her Burn Scars After Kerosene Explosion7m45s

Mom Embraces Her Burn Scars After Kerosene Explosion

Solara Jaafar, 21, from Hyattsville, Maryland, was just two years old when an accident occurred during a family event, leaving her with third degree burns across 70 percent of her body. Still, the young mom left says she has learned to see her scars as beautiful. The explosion, which happened in her birthplace Lebanon, was so extreme that it left her in a coma for six months. Her nine month old brother also tragically died in the blast, leaving her to mourn his passing while coming to terms with her own disfigurement. The burn victim said: “There have been a lot of times where I have thought about what if my brother were to live and I didn’t, would he have been like a doctor by now? I do feel guilty for surviving, and there are times when I mess up or I do something wrong, and I feel really bad or like he’s disappointed at me. Solara was treated affectionately in her neighborhood in Lebanon, but after her family migrated to the USA her scars made her the target of bullies. Even adults would stare and ask ridiculous questions. Their sick treatment had led her to attempt suicide four times. She hated her scars and herself. But determined to survive, each day she would look at herself in the mirror and recite a mantra about how she was beautiful. It helped her a lot after finishing high school. Being surrounded with loving family and friends helped a lot as well. “I am so thankful that I didn’t end my life and my life didn’t end that day." To help Solara, visit:

Although Very Young, These Brothers Are Already Skateboarding Superstars5m59s

Although Very Young, These Brothers Are Already Skateboarding Superstars

SKATEBOARD superstar-in-the-making, Zion Effs, may be just eight years old, but he’s already tearing up the skateparks of the world. The talented youngster’s incredible abilities have caused a stir in his home-town of Miami, where he’s been honing his skills since the age of three. Now eight, Zion has skated everywhere from Marseille to London and Italy, and has traveled the United States winning numerous competitions around the country. Zion told Barcroft Media: “I love skateboarding because I can do it for myself and I don’t have to worry about anybody else… I want to continue skating for the rest of my life." His dad Richie says that even when Zion started as a 3-year-old, he didn’t want to do the regular tricks that other kids would do; he wanted to do the technical stuff, the tricks that seasoned and pro skateboarders would do. Now people are freaked out by the tiny pro, because he can do all these things at just 8 - can you imagine what he will do 8 years from now? Now, having mastered some of the hardest tricks in the sport, Zion is joined at the skate park by his brother, Jax, who, at just two years old, is already proving to be somewhat of a skate prodigy himself. Zion can be found on Instagram @zioneffs, and fellow future skate star, two-year-old brother Jax Decker Effs, is @jaxdecker_effs. Videographer / director: Ariel Martinez Producer: Joe Roberts, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

The Pensioner Cheerleaders High Kicking Into Retirement3m31s

The Pensioner Cheerleaders High Kicking Into Retirement

A GROUP of acrobatic pensioners are refusing to let age or arthritis cramp their high kicks in a cheerleading squad for the over 50s. The Arizona-based troupe is a marching and performance group for women over 55 - with an average age of just over 70. While plenty of women use retirement as an opportunity to rest on their laurels, these dancers are glittering and shaking into their twilight years. Videographer / director: Dave Cruz Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

Girl With Dwarfism Proves That Anyone Can Be A Model7m00s

Girl With Dwarfism Proves That Anyone Can Be A Model

Standing at 3ft 4 inches tall, Dru Presta is showing the world that sexy has no height restrictions. Two years ago, Dru moved from her small-town life, to shiny Los Angeles so she could pursue her dream of breaking the fashion industry. Whilst studying for a degree in fashion marketing, she has also been breaking barriers with her modelling career. The 21-year-old oozes confidence and sass now, but it has taken her a long time to get there. Born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, she was made to feel an outcast in her hometown of Reno, Nevada and says she was bullied for 15 years because of her size. She says she got into modeling because she didn’t want others to feel like they can’t express themselves. “I don’t want them to feel like they have to wear what everybody else is wearing, just because that’s what offered in our size. I want people to be able to feel as free as I do" says the demi diva. Dru hopes her modelling work will encourage people of all shapes, size and backgrounds to be included in the fashion world. She adds: “Modeling has boosted my confidence a ton. I feel a lot sexier in front of the camera, it’s like a different Dru that likes to be exposed. Honestly, there is just no other words, I love being in front of the camera." Videographer / director: Per Christian Lind Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Man Born With Unique Condition Doesn't Have Thighs | BORN DIFFERENT5m05s

Man Born With Unique Condition Doesn't Have Thighs | BORN DIFFERENT

Nathan Hrdlicka, 34 from Santa Fe, New Mexico, is suffering from an incredibly rare medical condition called bilateral PFFD (Proximal femoral focal deficiency) type D - which means his knee bones are directly beneath his hip bones. As well as being only one in 25 people with the condition, he is the only one in the world who is able to walk. Despite his condition, Nathan, is in a loving relationship with his girlfriend, Chelsee Stuart, 19 who is at least a foot taller than him. Nathan’s height is 4ft 6in, however doctors have said he would have grown to be over 6ft 4in. The couple met on Facebook on a healing page and hit it off immediately, even though initially Chelsee had a problem with their height difference. Since his condition makes him unable to walk, he wakes up everyday and chooses to do that. But this means that he is walking on the tips on the bones, which eventually bring on pain. Chelsee said: "When we first met I did think the height difference was going to be a sort of problem because this was my first time really being with someone that shorter than me. It took us a lot of time to really learn what works and what doesn’t work but eventually now everything works." Casual walks on the street often take longer because of people’s curious nature. Some ask questions, but not all have nice things to say about his condition, picking him about his height and calling him a midget. "I don’t see myself as different. When people come up to me that’s the first thing they are seeing is my disability" says Nathan. "My disability is something that doesn’t define me." To donate to Nathan’s campaign visit: Videographer / director: Claudio ‘Fiore’ Fiordellisi Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Meet The Woman With An Extreme Food Phobia7m54s

Meet The Woman With An Extreme Food Phobia

This pub landlord is so afraid of certain foods that just the sight and smell of it can drive her to panic attacks and make her physically sick. Jill Hayman, 36, from Montrose Scotland, lives off a diet primarily made up of crisp sandwiches and fizzy drinks, and she says she has never sat down to eat a proper hot meal with a knife and fork. Jill has a list of approximately 18 food and drink items that she can stomach, to which she refers as her ‘safe’ foods. These include fizzy and energy drinks, jelly sweets, crisps and chocolate, with bread making up the majority of her ‘meals’. Unsurprisingly Jill gets through, on average, seven loaves of bread per week. At petite size 6, Jill suffers from Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), formerly known as Selective Eating Disorder (SED), where the consumption of certain foods causes anxiety, panic attacks and even physical sickness. When faced with ‘unsafe’ foods Jill becomes physically sick, her throat closes and she goes into panic attack which she cannot control and then she has a meltdown. Jill’s phobia began when she was only eight months old when she started to reject the solid food her mother tried to introduce her to. ARFID specialists suggest that Jill’s phobia was brought on sub-consciously by an early-life feeding experience, when something at that time scared Jill, perhaps an instance of choking or an unexpected taste and her brain made a note that this wasn’t as expected and panicked. A sudden shock like that can activate a fight or flight response and create a future aversion to food. Surprisingly, Jill owns a pub in Montrose, Scotland, where hot meals are not served, for obvious reasons. Videographer / director: Jacek Hubner Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

Women Celebrate Post-Baby Bodies In Lingerie Shoots | SHAKE MY BEAUTY5m36s

Women Celebrate Post-Baby Bodies In Lingerie Shoots | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

AN inspiring mother launches body positive website to encourage mom’s to embrace their post-baby bodies by posing in lingerie. Having been slim all her life, Whitney Dwyer struggled with how her body looked post pregnancy. After two successive pregnancies Whitney’s stomach stuck out so much people kept asking if she was pregnant – in fact her protruding stomach was caused by a diastasis recti. Fed up with the lack of images of 'real life' mums, the 33-year-old decided to create her own website that shows just that whilst championing women’s bodies in tasteful lingerie shoots. Featuring herself as the first model on the website, Whitney, a mum of two, from Oakland, California is now proud of her post-baby body and is determined to flaunt it. Videographer / director: Eva Moss Producer: Nathalie Bonney, James Thorne Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux