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, 201782,707 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

Is The Vampire Breast Lift The New Boob Job? | HOOKED ON THE LOOK3m49s

Is The Vampire Breast Lift The New Boob Job? | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A NEW cosmetic procedure inspired by the bloodsucking ways of the vampire is offering women the promise of plumper breasts - without having to go under the knife. While botox and Brazilian butt lifts have hit the mainstream in recent years, the ‘vampire breast lift’ is the latest sensation in the world of New York cosmetic beauty treatments. While celebrities like Kim Kardashian have advertised their use of 'vampire facials’, the new procedure involves women having themselves injected with their own blood to achieve a more voluptuous look. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Sophia Rahman, Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal A NEW cosmetic procedure inspired by the bloodsucking ways of the vampire is offering women the promise of plumper breasts - without having to go under the knife. While botox and Brazilian butt lifts have hit the mainstream in recent years, the ‘vampire breast lift’ is the latest sensation in the world of New York cosmetic beauty treatments. While celebrities like Kim Kardashian have advertised their use of 'vampire facials’, the new procedure involves women having themselves injected with their own blood to achieve a more voluptuous look. The beauty enchantment costs $1,150 and requires a doctor to withdraw blood from the patient, which is then span in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is then removed and an area of the breast is prepared with micro-needling to open up channels to allow the blood to go into, before the PRP is finally injected. Dr George Liakeas, 46, medical director at Smooth Synergy Cosmedical Spa, said: "Blood is made up of two major parts the plasma and red blood cells. "We don’t want the red blood part, we want the plasma. In the plasma are platelets. Those platelets help stimulate your natural stem cells. “That’s what we are trying to utilise to tell your body to pick up, rejuvenate and revive. You are trying to get your body to stimulate new fullness which gives the appearance of the lift. “Plasma-rich platelets are a little bit different and it’s exciting specifically for those people who don’t want to have surgery or are scared to have surgery or the cost is prohibitive to them. “PRP its not to replace the 'wow factor' in terms of size of implants, but it’s for those people who feel like they somehow lost their size." Brave patient, 25-year-old Arielle, decided to take advantage of this new beauty regime in order to give her a fuller look to her breasts and help cover up her stretch marks. She said: "I usually come here for my laser hair removal. I just grabbed a brochure and I saw the vampire breast lift in the catalog. “It's your blood, it's not like I am going and getting implants. I don’t really want a huge change to my breast. That’s why I feel like this is the best decision. “I don’t want to grow up a size, I just want it to have volume at the top. I am comfortable with the size but they are little low for my age and I don’t have any kids so I just feel that it’s a little uncomfortable. "It would make me more confident if my boobs were little bit fuller at the top. " The sinister-sounding treatment takes about 30 minutes to an hour to perform, but usually takes three months to produce a chance that it is claimed can last for up to two years. Speaking after the procedure, Arielle said: “I was skeptical at first because taking blood is not for me and that needle size was ridiculous. "It feels like burning. But now I feel kind of good. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I’m happy I did it. "I think it’s worth the money. But we will see, obviously I want it more full at the top. I feel like it does look a little bit full. But for the stretch marks we are going to see about that. "I think its was worth the pain. It wasn't as bad as people say.”

This Remarkable Ten-Year-Old Gymnast Is Set To Become An Olympic Star5m04s

This Remarkable Ten-Year-Old Gymnast Is Set To Become An Olympic Star

Chandler King is a remarkable 10-year-old gymnast who is on the fast track to becoming the next Olympic star. She spends 30 hours a week practicing and studying the sport she loves at the World Championship Centre in Texas. She specialises in the bars event and was last year undefeated and nearly achieved the perfect ten score in a recent competition. Chandler is on the invite list for the United States National Development Team and is already making significant progress towards the USA Olympic squad. “My main goal in gymnastics in the future is to go to the Olympics and make gold all round”, says Chandler. Chandler started gymnastics when she was just three-years-old and she continued with this passion ever since. Chandler’s parents, Latoika and Rajaul King, have supported their daughter’s every move and have high hopes for her future. When people watch Chandler perform they are so impressed, but she does it with ease. She says that her favorite thing about gymnastics is that she gets to meet new people, and show her new skills, and perform in front of people. Chandler will definitely become a star in the sport because she has a lot of potential. She wants to be the next Olympian, she just needs to trust the process and keep moving forward. Videographer / director: Chris Sinclair Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

My Feeding Tube Doesn’t Define Who I Am6m08s

My Feeding Tube Doesn’t Define Who I Am

A YOUNG woman once accused of being anorexic by doctors actually has a rare condition that blocks her intestines. Suffering stomach aches so painful she would curl into a ball, it took 13 years for Shelby Kiniry to finally receive the correct diagnosis for her digestion disorder - Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (or SMAS). Prior to that, the 20-year-old was accused of suffering with eating disorders and even wrongfully transferred for psychiatric treatment. It was only when Shelby’s weight plummeted to dangerous levels that doctors finally correctly diagnosed her with SMAS - a digestive condition that results in the small intestine compressing between two arteries, causing a partial or complete blockage. Now on the road to recovery, Shelby relies on a feeding tube to receive her daily fix of meals and nutrients in liquid form. Videographer / director: John-Paul Steele Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

Human Ken Doll Spends $21,000 On Back Implants | HOOKED ON THE LOOK9m08s

Human Ken Doll Spends $21,000 On Back Implants | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

HUMAN Ken Doll Justin Jedlica has spent $21,000 on new silicon back implants. The 36-year-old has gone under the knife once again for several painful muscular and facial procedures, taking the amount he has spent on cosmetic enhancements to more than $560,000. The Los Angeles-based surgery star had his large latissimus silicon implants replaced with smaller ones, one of his teres implants moved so it is symmetrical, and a forehead vein cut, tied and ablated. Videographer / director: Per Christian Lind Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote Editor: Sonia Estal

Flexible Woman Can Shapeshift Her Body Thanks To A Chronic Illness4m39s

Flexible Woman Can Shapeshift Her Body Thanks To A Chronic Illness

A woman suffering from a chronic illness that allows her to twist her body into mind-boggling shapes has turned it to her advantage by becoming a contortionist. Scarlet Checkers has Ehlers-Dalos Syndrome (EDS) which is a rare collagen disorder characterised by unusually stretchy skin and flexible joints and could be confined to a wheelchair in the next 10 years. Instead of letting the condition get her down, the 23-year-old has used it to her advantage, performing as a contortionist for her local community and wowing crowds with her incredible body manipulations. Scarlet, who was diagnosed with the genetic condition just one year ago, says that she doesn’t want to turn her diagnosis into a pity party! Scarlet was flexible her entire life due to a health condition that affects the connective tissue in her body and makes all the ligaments, joints and skin very loose and flexible. She can stretch her skin, can you believe that? At first she thought that she was naturally very flexible but later she found out that it was actually a genetic condition. She sat in strange positions at the dinner table because that was most comfortable for her. Her stepmom would yell at her for sitting in strange positions! She can shapeshift her body and that comes natural to her, that would usually come as painful and uncomfortable to most people! She is trying to raise awareness for her condition because the disease from which she is suffering is considered invisible! It is very difficult to get a diagnosis because a lot of doctors don’t know what it is! She was obsessed with the circus for most of her life, she was in the animals and clowns and acrobats. Two years ago she started performing full time. Currently she performs for a show called ‘the birthday party’ consisted by three clowns and an alien. Her colleagues say that she is very inspiring and uses her disease to her advantage which is very impressive. The key is being aware of your own body and respecting your limits, and her career goals are very short-term, she just wants to enjoy what she is doing and not ruin her body. Most of all, she enjoys making people laugh! Videographer / director: Travis Mays Producer: Katie Mercer, Ruby Coote Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

The Women Stripping Off - For Men’s Rights5m31s

The Women Stripping Off - For Men’s Rights

A GROUP of young women are hoping to raise awareness of men's’ rights - by stripping off for a sexy calendar. Vanessa Lussier, from North Carolina, leads a group of men's’ rights activists called the ‘Lovely Ladies For Men’s Issues’. And for 2018, the group has big ambitions to empower men by posing in skimpy outfits for the ‘Lovely Ladies for Men’s Issues 2018’ calendar. Vanessa, aged 22, believes that 'feminism is a good idea that got taken advantage of by bad people’ and hopes to challenge ‘toxic’ stereotypes of men. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ed Baranski, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

His Scars Won't Kill His Bodybuilding Dreams4m43s

His Scars Won't Kill His Bodybuilding Dreams

A bodybuilder enjoys flexing his ripped muscles on stage despite suffering from a condition that leaves his chest and back covered in large lumps of scar tissue. At the age of 17, Isaiah Griffin, now 23, from Wichita, Kansas, noticed his first keloid on his leg, a benign growth caused when the body over heals itself. His acne turned to keloids, and treatments helped to stop progressing. He witnessed changes in the way he sleeps, sometimes he cannot hug because of the bursts on his chests, he was in extreme pain and he cried to the point where he knows he needed a life-changer. The condition gave Isaiah extremely low self-esteem, to the point where he couldn’t bear to look at his own reflection in the mirror, but bodybuilding helped him regain his confidence. He started bodybuilding because he was skinny and wanted to lift, so his father dragged him to the gym, and taught him discipline, which later on inspired him to achieve more. Isaiah's biggest strength is his hunger for hard work. He had doubts whether to start lifting, but he is big daddy's boy, and his father pushed him and encouraged his way through. It was encouraging for him to do something without thinking what people might say, and that didn't stop him from achieving, he strives to succeed. He helps people, talks openly by his battle with keloids and turned out better looking than his father. He won third place in his very first competition and, while his biggest web-like keloid on his chest often prevents him training since it can lead to bleeding and bursting, nevertheless Isaiah has his sights set on becoming a bodybuilding champion. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ed Baranski Editor: Grant Hanson-Vaux

The Brooklyn Superhero Supplies Store | STORE CRAZY3m32s

The Brooklyn Superhero Supplies Store | STORE CRAZY

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. is the destination of choice for existing and wannabe superheroes wanting to stock up on their capes, x-ray goggles and tins of immortality. Featuring everything from a cape-testing area, a “Devillainiser”, and a mind-reading machine, the store, based in the Park Slope district of Brooklyn, New York, also functions as a front and money-spinner for 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students ages 6-18 with their writing skills. Students access the writing room via a secret door in the store. Founded in 2004, 826NYC is the New York chapter of the non-profit originally set up by novelist Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari in San Francisco. Here, wannabe caped crusaders can come here to replenish their supplies of capes, x-ray goggles and “immortality". They can also stockpile tins of super powers, including justice, chutzpah, magnificence, immortality and vengeance. New York is Metropolis; it is Gotham. All the best superheroes live here and store manager Chris Eckert says that theirs is the best superhero supply store in all five boroughs. Behind a secret door in the store is the writing room for 826NYC, a New York chapter founded in 2004. There are seven 826 chapters in total, including a robot store in Detroit, secret agent supplies in Chicago and Big Foot research station in Boston. Videographer / director: Adam Gray Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Thom Johnson

This Man Is Slicing Up Brains For Parkinson’s Research3m14s

This Man Is Slicing Up Brains For Parkinson’s Research

In a small laboratory in London are hundreds of human brains, labelled and ready for dissection - all in the name of science. At Imperial College London there is one of the UK's Brain Banks, established for diagnoses and research into neurological disorders. The college’s brain bank specifies in research for Parkinson’s, a degenerative neurological condition. The brains are donated by members of the public, both those with Parkinson’s and people without, as comparisons between the different tissue need to be made. The bank is due to receive its 1,000th brain in October. The human brain is a strange, enigmatic entity – a 3-pound witness to the world, it pilots our body from the safety of our skull. A powerful product of evolution and a force to reckon with, but also incredibly fragile and prone to error. In steps the neuropathologist – the man behind the scalpel that slices and dices the brain in order to learn why it fails in some and not in others. "Ideally, we need to get [the brain] back here in under 48 hours because the tissue starts to lose its quality after that time," said Steve Gentleman, professor of neuropathology at Imperial College London and scientific director for the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank. "If a donor’s brain arrives within 48 hours, we will bisect it down the middle, half of which will be frozen and the other half is fixed and used for diagnostics." Why would anyone donate their brain to science? One retired nurse based in London decided to do just that, after her husband was diagnosed with an early-onset Parkinson’s at just 52 years of age. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder. Symptoms typically include tremors, shaking, and difficulty with balance. It is linked to the decreased production of dopamine in the substantia nigra – a region of the midbrain that influences movement and reward. Although the disease is not fatal, quality of life is reduced, with as many as 10 million people worldwide living with the condition. Videographer / director: Darragh Mason Field Producer: Shannon Lane, Ed Baranski Editor: Marcus Cooper

LET’S STRAY TOGETHER | The Polyamorous Love Coaches Who Practice What They Preach3m20s

LET’S STRAY TOGETHER | The Polyamorous Love Coaches Who Practice What They Preach

A POLYAMOROUS couple has lifted the lid on the jealousy-filled and intensely intimate world of open relationships. Carl and Kenya Stevens have been happily married for 22 years, with over half of their relationship opened to having multiple lovers. The couple from Asheville, North Carolina, quite literally practices what they preach by sharing their relationship, which has been the model for their coaching business, a ‘love academy’ called JuJuMama. Carl, 46, and Kenya, 42, invited Barcroft TV to their modern love therapy sessions to get the inside scoop on what it’s like living as a polyamory couple - in and out of the bedroom.