Photo: Sundance screengrab
While Monday nights are filled with reality romances and variety competitions, there’s another show catching a lot of buzz. Sundance premiered its original show “Push Girls” Monday night, following four sexy, driven wheelchair bound women.
The docu-series comes from producer Gay Rosenthal (“Little People, Big World”) and follows the lives of the women living daily with their paralysis.
Though the show gives an in-depth look at what its like living day-to-day in a wheelchair, don’t pity the girls. The four set general misconceptions straight about people in wheel chairs—they don’t date guys in wheel chairs, they do work out at the gym and, yes, they do have sex.
“Push Girls” is essentially the ultimate “girl power” show.
In case you missed the premiere, here’s a look into the four women featured on the show.
paralysed: September 3, 2011
Rockwood was a lingerie model for Vanity Fair making $500 a day at age 18. She was paralysed in a car accident after her friend lost control of the vehicle she was driving home from a trip to San Francisco. Rockwood catapulted 25 feet out of the car breaking her neck and severing her spinal cord. She was given a 3-5 per cent chance of ever feeling or moving anything below her neck.
At the time she had just signed with an acting and modelling agency and was engaged to actor Dustin Nguyen ('21 Jump Street'). The couple was married for 10 years, but are currently separated.
Currently, she's an actress and working model.
paralysed: May 3, 1992
Angel acts, sings, raps and dances. She was a professional hip hop dancer performing with artists including N.W.A. and L.L. Cool J on stage and appearing in Ludacris' video 'Stand Up.'
At age 22, she snapped her back in half in a car accident. The injury severed her spinal cord and a doctor told her mother she'd never walk or dance again. Five months after her diagnosis, she met her current husband of four years, Eric.
Angel currently works with a number of nonprofits and founded her own program, Save a Soul Foundation, to help at-risk youth and young adults in the Los Angeles area. She also started a hip-hop wheelchair dance group, Colours 'n' Motion in 2003.
paralysed: October 15, 2000
Adams is a preschool teacher who was paralysed in a head-on collision where she was hit by a drunk driver at 130 mph. She was originally pronounced dead with everyone at the scene. When pulled from the wreckage, her family was given a five per cent chance of survival.
paralysed: at age 15
Schaikewitz is a project manager in graphic design and has been dating boyfriend Dave for a year and a half.
Unlike the other girls, Mia was paralysed from the waist down at the age of 15 after a blood vessel in her spinal cord (an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)) ruptured. After nearly 12 hours, she no longer had use of her lower body.
Also appearing on the show will be Chelsie Hill who was recruited by Angel to join her dance crew, Colours 'n' Motion in 2010. At age 17, Hill left a high school party in an SUV with a friend who was drinking. She was paralysed from the waist down after her back was snapped when the vehicle crashed into a tree.
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