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April 14 | 2017

Samanta Almeida Bullock, wheelchair model

Successful in her chosen career, physically active and happy in her personal life. Sam is living proof that a wheelchair does not have to be an obstacle to achieving any of these goals. Born in 1979 in Osorio-Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, Sam’s life changed forever at the tender age of just 14, when a bullet wound left her paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

Before her accident, Sam was a keen tennis player and had been playing the sport for seven years. Her initial experiences with wheelchairs left her feeling very depressed: “The first wheelchair that I was given while still at the clinic was simply terrible. It was much too big and heavy and my legs were positioned too far forward.” However, that was a long time ago. Thankfully there have been many positive changes in the life of this young woman since then. She can now look back proudly at what she has already achieved and has every reason to feel optimistic about the future.

Many people dream of being a model. Not so long ago, a career in modelling would have been completely unthinkable for wheelchair users. However, thanks to brave and confident people like Sam that, the negative perception of wheelchair users that unfortunately still exists in our society is gradually changing, as Sam explains: “As a model, I am subject to exactly the same demands as every other model. In other words, I have to be very disciplined when it comes to my diet, I have to be active, I have to count calories just like other models and, of course, I have to look after my appearance.” In Sam’s case, her wheelchair: a küschall K-Nova, is an integral part of her overall look.