- A woman who was disabled after a violent attack has become a wheelchair model
- The woman is not just a model, she is also a dancer, an actress, a massage therapist and a mother
- She is a survivor of domestic violence and a widow
Sunshine King, a single mother and a survivor of domestic violence, has become the source of inspiration to many.
The woman who became disabled after a violent incident in 2004, has now become a runway model. Despite her disability, she was able to inspire others with her zeal to never give up on success.
In an interview with Women of Rubies, King revealed that she was paralysed from the neck down. She explained that it took her months to recover and teach herself how to do the basic movements she already learnt as a baby.
She said: "My name is Sunshine King and I would love to share my story. I’m a survivor of domestic violence whom became a widow, single parent, and disabled in 2004. I had to re-learn how to sit up properly, bathe, to dress, and learn how to transfer and operate my wheelchair… just learn how to find normalcy again with this paralysis.”
After she recovered from the incident, King decided to fight for herself. She became a wheelchair runway model. She has taken to the runway during New York Fashion Week twice.
The woman went ahead to even become a wellness practitioner, a fitness instructor and an actress.
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She said: "I’m now a survivor, wellness practitioner, fitness instructor, actress, and model. Specializing in iridology, reflexology, Reiki, Qigong, muscle relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, wellness coaching, and more. I assist people with their healthy journey from individuals, couples, families, and corporations for the past 12 years."
In the interview, she said: "Having the pleasure assisting others in and out of the disability community the importance of incorporating a healthier regiment. It starts with our self-esteem, family, and friends support. We must remember that Exercising and getting out into the community is important. If we don’t have the proper balance we can easily gain more weight and fall into a dark season.
I’ve had the pleasure working with amazing people throughout the years and taking numerous workshops, school, to invest into personal growth. I’ve had the pleasure to be the first adult wheelchair model for Tommy Hilfiger adaptive clothing line in 2017. I’ve also have the pleasure being a fit model for a few amazing designers and companies for adaptive ware too.
We all have different disabilities, so be open-minded and try new things,” she added. “Anything out there, we can do, we just do it in adapted ways. Don’t limit yourself based on your disability. Your abilities are amazing.”
The determined woman advised people to keep their dreams alive no matter the struggles they face.
She said: “No matter how catastrophic your life has been, you have to keep your dreams alive and stay humble. Dream big and stay awesome because your life is all you have. Live each day to the max.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported the story of a 27-year-old blind mother. The South African woman had expressed that she is does not need her eyes to take care of her child, all she needs are her hands, ears and nose.
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