My Interview in the Corriere Della Sera- Italian Newspaper in English


Samanta Bullock: “So I create fashion for women in wheelchairs”

The Anglo-Brazilian designer: «We want to feel beautiful even n we are sitting. From the age of 14 I live with pain: it has made me stronger »

His life changed at 14 years. “I was playing with my father’s gun when a shot started.” The most difficult thing was not (just) so much resigned to the new everyday life in a wheelchair. “In the end you can drive, you can play sports, you can go to the cinema.” The hardest thing was to adapt to chronic pain. “It’s a side effect, it doesn’t happen to everyone, but it means that even when you’re at a party, or at dinner or even now on the phone with her, the pain doesn’t leave you,” explains Samanta Bullock as she speaks to us from London, where she now lives for over ten years with her husband Mark.

A future to be archived, one to be built

Samanta is 40 years old, she was born in Osório, Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil, and up until the accident she was a promising model and a tennis champion: a future to be quickly filed to build another by taking new measures. “I didn’t repeat a particular mantra, I just focused on what I could still do. And I went on like this, one day after another. ” Day after day they have become years. Samanta has resumed playing tennis, representing Brazil in the world from 2003 to 2009 and winning two silver medals in 2007 at the Para Pan Am Games, while in 2012 she participated in the Paralimpic Games opening ceremony. He says: «I learned to use pain to my advantage, whenever it became too aggressive. I turned it into a stimulus to overcome it. If I could still do something, and I could do a lot, I gave myself the rule to do them the best, to become the number 1 ». And it is thanks to the tennis that has known Mark Bullock, her husband for eleven years. “He worked for the Federation, we met in that world.”

After wheelchair tennis, fashion

But this is only Samanta’s second life. The third took on the colors of fashion, from which it seemed cut off forever. “When I was 14, there weren’t many models in wheelchairs … Now it’s easier, in fact it’s almost normal.” Thus began the catwalks in half the world. “And that’s where I got an entrepreneurial idea. Designers don’t think enough about women like me. We need clothes that make you feel beautiful even when you’re sitting. That’s why I thought of launching a line dedicated to every type of woman: inclusive, elegant, sustainable and beautiful ».

Suits for all

Many emerging artists helped her start the business: Rua Luja, London Organic, Bekoffee, Caroline, Gunda Hafner, Peter Twiss, Contessina London and Amelia. From June 15th the clothes can be purchased on the samantabullock.com website. “Our target is high for now, because the line respects the environment, the fabric is certified, we all work in England. I am a vegan and I am very careful about respecting animals. But I want to say that it is not a line for women in wheelchairs: it is good for everyone, with the difference that even from a session you will feel beautiful and comfortable. For now the collection does not contain clothes for leisure or for children, but we are organising ourselves ». Favourite book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, movie Eat please, loves of Ryan Murphy, the most beloved Italian city of Naples: «I can’t wait to go back. And how good your ice cream … ».

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