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

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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Experiencing NYC in a Wheelchair.

Hi guys, last week was a pretty exciting one! I went to New York for the Voge Fashion Runway show during NY Fashion Week which was such a dream come true for me. I also decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy the city and work in other projects about inclusion, empowerment, etc, in the place that never sleeps.
I wanted to share with you my experience, the amazing collaborationss I did, the places I went to, the Fashion Show and accessibility in the city.

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View of the Show

I stayed at Wyndham Garden Chinatown Hotel in Soho, it was very nice and pretty accessible! They have lift to the lobby and wheelchair friendly rooms.

Mariana travelled from Brazil to there to meet me so we could film for the new youtube channel is coming soon called: gowomenplay. She is an entrepreneur with a dream of empowering women and also a great friend of mine. We explored some cute coffee shops and talked about the change we want to bring into the world. I can’t wait for you guys to see it! I also had the pleasure to work again with Kyle and Liam (from the Share Your Stroke of Genius project). I filmed for my Youtube channel and we got some pictures around the city and decided on a few new steps, so there is much exciting content coming up and I know you guys are going to love it!

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Share Your Stroke of a Genius

I travelled all around New York. I went to Times Square where you feel like everything is possible and  I also visited the Statue of Liberty. It was great; the boat that takes you there has a big space for wheelchairs. It is super accessible and I really recommend it! And you cannot go to NYC without going for a roll in Central Park. I must say a big thank you to Junior for being the guide/photographer and friend on this trip.

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Statue of Liberty NY

I went to Central Station to take photos and ended up having a great unexpected collaboration with W Magazine!! How crazy is that?!  I can’t wait to see the pictures from this one too.

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Collaboration with W Magazine

I crossed the bridge to Brooklyn for a collaboration with GV @gv_bkent and met his producer James @atruthmusik for a podcast with them, it was my first experience in a studio and it was a pleasure to meet him and share experiences. This type of experience are very constructive.

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Recording with James – GV producer

Let’s talk accessibility! In general the level of accessibility in New York is similar to London, you have some stations that are accessible but others in between that are not.  One thing that I can’t go without saying is that the signage inside the stations is just not great. You may easily get lost in there which is not acceptable. Street crossing is not perfect, one side is accessible but on the other side has a step which makes it very dangerous as also does London.

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Tube station NYC

About the Fashion Show!! I was modelling for Vinnette Grant, I absolutely loved the dress and all the pieces she designed. This fashion show was a part of an event held by Voge Fashion Runway. Thanks to everyone involved. Special thanks to Mariana and Kyle for their friendship and positive thinking in making great changes in the world, Liam Alexander and Junior for the many amazing photos, and to Gunda Hafner, Rua Luja and Caroline London for the amazing outfits I wore on this trip that kept me comfortable and fashionable.

Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY
Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY

Now I am moving towards the nexts goals and I hope you are doing the same, nothing can stop you from doing something you love. Work hard and you can accomplish anything! I am putting a vlog on on my youtube channel very soon. Keep tuned. Any questions you might have about accessibility feel free to ask in the comments or on my social media.

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Woovly- “A wheelchair, modelling and her fun Bucket List!” New Article.

I invite you to check Woovly’s new article called “A wheelchair, modelling and her fun Bucket List!”. A chance to know where I have been and what I have done until now. Get to know the several barriers in modelling and in sports that I had to break through to be where I am today, all the work I have done and as well as the work that is still to be done!
Despite being in a wheelchair for 26 years now, that hasn’t stop me from living my bucket list. At the age of 14 I was convinced about what was my role in this world but my accident changed things for me. I spent some years figuring out my new path, fell in love with tennis, which led me to fall in love with my husband, until I realised nothing could stop me from being who/what I have always wanted to be. A model!

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The article mentions some talks and runways I did in the fashion industry. I have been working hard to achieve inclusion and representation in sports and fashion, giving visibility to the disabled community. I want to thank for the sweet comments left on the article and also to Woovly for helping me spread my mission!

woovly.com is an amazing platform where you can get thousands of bucket list ideas! You can create your own and connect with people with similar interests as you. Even if you have accomplished many things in your bucket list, you are welcome to share it too, there is even a exclusive section for you! 

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A place for people with an “extraordinary enthusiasm towards life” they say. Share your story and be inspired by others, such a positive community to be a part of, don’t you think?

Much Love, Sam.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

Hi guys

I have been featured in an article from mobilewomen.org called “Pushing for inclusion – Samanta Bullock’s mission”. Here’s a chance to know me and my story a little bit better.

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mobile women.org

I have answered some questions where I talk about how I deal with the tough times with some advice for someone with a recent injury or disability, as well as sharing some exciting future projects. I opened up about my background as a tennis player and a model, my passions and motivations, and so much more!

My disability hasn’t stopped me from chasing my dreams and neither should yours. I am on a journey to make fashion more accessible to everyone, and to create a positive impact in the world. Disabled people have the right to be represented and treated as equal.

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mobile women.org

It was lovely to share my story with mobilewomen.org. They are doing such a great work expanding horizons for women in wheelchairs. On the website you can find information on topics like health, sexuality, parenting, fashion and others. They are building an online community where people with disabilities can come together to share and learn from one another. There is even a forum where women across the world can share their ideas on different issues, a place to ask questions and get answers. 

To get to know more about my journey and mobilewomen.org visit http://www.mobilewomen.org/2019/01/pushing-for-inclusion-samanta-bullocks.html

Much love, Sam