Pandora’s Box – The drama of my accident on my passion

Pandora’s Box – The drama of my accident on my passion

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Before my Accident

When I did my first fashion show I was only 8 years old. I loved it so much that I always knew what I wanted to be in life. I can’t record that I wanted to be anything other than a model. Even a tennis player that I already was at that time, I didn’t want to be. This was something that ‘accidentally’ happened later on. I would say I like to play tennis as I would like to play handball and I was good at both of them. Coming back to my dream, to be a model was what I wanted to be. 

What to say to a 14-year-old when she became disabled that the thing she was doing wouldn’t be possible anymore? That she wouldn’t do this, that she couldn’t do that.  Yes, I was sadder I couldn’t walk on the catwalk anymore than to walk on its own. I would mind being disabled if I could walk in the catwalk and to come back to my wheelchair afterward.

The fact was, no one was doing, we didn’t have it, It would be a dream, even a dream, it wasn’t a possibility. How could you be a model 30 years ago if you were disabled? Are you crazy? …

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13- years-old me.

Two months after my accident while I was still in the recovery process I got a call from an agency in Sao Paulo in Brazil asking me to model for them in Italy. The fact was I couldn’t even fight at that moment as disabled people didn’t have any representation in the fashion industry.  I and never seen a disabled model on the catwalk or in magazines. Even today who is the model you have in mind when we talk about disabled models, maybe those with a minor disability, the ones the industry accept, but really who do we have as a role model? We are not even there yet to have a name that will be in your mind, maybe a few, but the name that the world know at the top of the tongue as Gisele, Naomi… many years of beautiful work that these girls are doing? It was taken from me, and I was not allowed to model again ( at that time).

I would like my legacy to make the world more inclusive, to have a new generation of models and influencers, and to give visibility to disabled people. I don’t want another me at 14 years old frustrated because she (or he) couldn’t be what she (or he) wants to be.

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Samanta Bullock – Wheelchair Model at Vogue

The option should be there. We should rediscover ourselves, make us feel beautiful, to feel relevant. 

I am asking you to be open to the new concepts of beauty. We are here, we exist, we can’t be ignored. Also, the world is craving for more reality, for more acceptance and greater representation. 

Sorry to tell you the Pandora’s box has been opened. We won’t come back and we won’t be quiet. From here on we only can move forward. 

Are you coming together?

Love Sam

Wheelchair Camping- Raw Fest Vlog

Wheelchair Camping- Raw Fest Vlog

I thought I would share with you my Raw Fest Vlog. I wrote an article a few weeks ago talking about the event, camping, demos, etc and few of you asked how I would camp. So I put together a video with some moments of my experience at the Festival. Here is the video below.

Love Love Sam

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Raw Fest Sam
Raw Cake
Come to Ireland with me and let’s have a Guinness experience.

Come to Ireland with me and let’s have a Guinness experience.

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Wheelchair Tennis

I went to Ireland with my husband in June to help him deliver a wheelchair tennis workshop as Tennis Ireland is starting a project there. If you like I can post here a little bit about the workshop and the work I do with Mark Bullock. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see it.

I also enjoyed the opportunity to vlog and show you guys a little bit of Dublin, my Guinness experience etc.  Here is the video, I hope you enjoy it!

Also please let me know what kind of videos you like most. Is it fashion, vlogs or disability related matters.

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Guinness Experience
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Ireland

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Shankhill
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Guinness
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Guinness
Join us at the Raw Fest this week 26-29th July

Join us at the Raw Fest this week 26-29th July

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Raw Fest 26-29 July

The raw fest is back this year. If you are wondering what it is, its a 3-day immersion in a sustainable world. Vegan food, talks, camping, fireplace, stalls, kids area, and much more.

I have been for 3 years now.
The Raw Fest is back.
When I became vegetarian I felt the need to meet new people and a structure that I could understand a little bit more about myself and learn new things. I found the raw fest and went for it.
It was a delightful surprise to meet such nice people, and have a great time.
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Acroyoga X Wheelchair User

I tried acro yoga and I have a video on that in case you are wondering how a wheelchair user could do this. They have a nice vegan and raw vegan food.

This year it will take place from 26th -29th July in Ascot. We will be camping there. I will leave the link below in case you like to come and join us for this wonderful and sustainable 3 days.
There is music, fire, stalls, kids area, activities, talks, massages and much more. No alcohol and cigarettes are permitted.
Take time for yourself and come to this wonderful detox weekend with us.
I hope we can enjoy it together.

Raw Fest 
Raw Fest
Raw Fest