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Meet The 10-Year-Old CrossFitter Aiming For The Olympics5m21s

Meet The 10-Year-Old CrossFitter Aiming For The Olympics

An amazing 10-year-old girl is weightlifting more than adults twice her age at her CrossFit gym - where she trains up to nine hours a day. Brooklyn Sittner, from Billings, Montana, started weight training at six-years-old after falling in love with the sport at her dad’s gym and can now lift 45 kgs (almost 100 lbs) - the equivalent weight of a teenage boy. The pint-sized weightlifter set three state records at the Montana State Weightlifting Championships - lifting a combined total of 74 kgs (163 lbs) - and is on her way to dominating at the Youth Nationals in June. Her ultimate goal is to compete in the Olympics when she turns 14. Her love for the sport developed when she set eyes on the rings. She would try to pull herself up on and on and nowadays she does it with an extreme ease. She is highly competitive and doesn’t mind challenging others twice her size and triple her age. She takes them on and wins almost every time. Even her father admits that she has mastered the sport to a point where now she is the one training him. Brooklyn is very happy doing what she does. She says that this way of living is giving her a purpose, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has dedicated a lot of her time to CrossFit, training 6 or 7 days a week and getting homeschooled so that she would have more time to do what she really loves. She admits that one of her favorite things about it is that she can travel a lot, something that her peers aren’t able to do.

I Have Half A Body | BORN DIFFERENT6m08s

I Have Half A Body | BORN DIFFERENT

DESPITE living with just half a body – inspirational Rowdy Burton is determined to not let his condition define him. 30-year-old, Rowdy, was born with a rare lower spinal disorder called Sacral Agenesis. Affecting only one in 25,000 births, the condition resulted in Rowdy having both of his legs amputated when he was just three years old – with doctors using pins to stop his bones growing any further. Rowdy, who resides in Alabama, USA, was left to live his life with two stumps positioned directly beneath his waist and now that he is older, he prefers to use his hands and elbows to get around rather than a wheelchair. After all the hardship Rowdy has faced over the years, he is still determined to live his life to the full – playing tennis with his friends and riding his skateboard.

Man Has His Hand Sewn Inside His Stomach In A Groundbreaking Surgery3m48s

Man Has His Hand Sewn Inside His Stomach In A Groundbreaking Surgery

A man whose hand was saved after it was sewed inside his abdomen is now set to have pioneering surgery, the first of its kind in the world, to restore full use of his fingers. Former machine operator Carlos Mariotti, 43, from São Ludgero in southern Brazil, lost all the skin from his hand and fingers in a horrific workplace accident in March 2016. However, quick-thinking surgeons decided that rather than amputate, they could salvage the totally mutilated hand by surgically tucking it into a soft-tissue pouch in his belly, where it stayed for 42 days. The doctor had never done that type of surgery and he had never seen it performed before. Carlos had two more surgeries in May 2016, which left his hand looking like a boxing glove, and despite of its gruesome appearance, he is lucky to have a hand at all. He had to remember every day that he cannot take his hand out of his body, which is a really strange sensation. Now, he is set to have two more procedures to radically improve the range of movement in his hand, by separating his fingers and repairing his nerves. He has not been able to work since the injury, but he started to pick up things and exercise, making small improvements, and now faces a financial battle to raise money for the surgery. Videographer / director: Janet Tappin Coelho Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Joshua Douglas

Real Life Vampires Find Love At First Bite: EXTREME LOVE5m05s

Real Life Vampires Find Love At First Bite: EXTREME LOVE

When fetish model Lea met tarot-reader Tim, it was love at first bite. The 20-year-old fanged beauty and the 31-year-old psychic are real-life ‘vampires’, from Austin, Texas, who have a passionate relationship based on sucking each other’s blood – and say it’s better than sex. ‘Countess Lea of House Van Doorn’ and ‘Count Tim of House Van Doorn’ met two years ago at a vampire festival and felt an instant ‘connection of darkness’, which quickly developed into a blood-sucking relationship. Now the pair, who care for Tim’s three-year-old son, Daedric, are planning to tie the knot in a vampire themed wedding ceremony next year. These people don’t have the supernatural abilities that we associate with the likes of Dracula, but are rather individuals who claim that they have a condition which requires them to drink blood for sustenance. Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan Producer: Emma Pearson, Ruby Coote Editor: James Thorne

I Want The World’s Biggest Hips Even If It Kills Me: HOOKED ON THE LOOK3m36s

I Want The World’s Biggest Hips Even If It Kills Me: HOOKED ON THE LOOK

Bobbi-Jo Westley is on a one-woman quest to have the world’s biggest hips - even if doing so KILLS her. Currently measuring 95 inches, she has her sights firmly set on the current record of 99 inches, held by LA-based Mikel Ruffinelli. And her supersized hips have already earned her a supersized following, with legions of fans from around the globe buying and trading her pictures online. Despite the warnings of doctors and nutritionists that her current lifestyle means she is a ‘ticking time bomb’, she is determined to keep on growing her hips until she sets a new world record - or die trying. Her super-sized hips have already garnered her a super-sized following; her fans are actually collecting and trading with her pictures online. They don't stop at pictures; people actually pay money for the New Yorker to sit on them and squash them. The dark side of her over-sized fame is that Bobbi-Jo is constantly on the sharp end of the hateful messages from Internet trolls. This doesn't make her want to quit though; in fact, she thinks that her hips are what makes her unique. "I want to be remembered for something, and I think having the world’s biggest hips is what I was meant to be remembered for.” says the SSBBW, which stands for “super sized big beautiful woman” Videographer / director: Carlos Chiossone Producer: Tom Midlane, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper

700lb BBW to 465lb Proud Mum | HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m53s

700lb BBW to 465lb Proud Mum | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

WHEREAS she once drank 3,500 calorie milkshakes through a funnel to intentionally gain weight, new mum Monica Riley has now swapped funnel feeds for bottle feeds. Dining out on up to 10,000 calories a day, Monica Riley, 29, of Fort Worth, Texas, dreamed of being the fattest woman in the world and of being “immobile”. She ballooned to over 700lbs and set her sights on becoming so large that she would be bedbound, but the 29-year-old decided to change her life – and her body – after discovering she was pregnant in March 2017. Determined to ensure a healthy pregnancy after two previous miscarriages, Monica dropped to 520lbs through healthy eating and gentle exercise, and gave birth to baby Michelle in October 2017 by C-section. Though Michelle initially had trouble breathing and had to be kept in hospital for observation for six weeks due to reflex and four small holes in her heart, she is now back home with her besotted parents, and Monica is now planning gastric bypass surgery in a bid to lose even more weight.

Teenager Is Happily Married To A Woman That Could Be His Grandmother7m29s

Teenager Is Happily Married To A Woman That Could Be His Grandmother

A curious video has emerged presenting the incredible story of a 72-year-old grandmother who is happily married to her 19-year-old husband despite their 53-year age gap. In the summer of 2016, Almeda never expected to find love with teenager, Gary Hardwick, during an outing at a pizza restaurant. After two weeks of dating, they took their whirlwind romance to the next level when Gary popped the question and they decided to get married. After just coming out of an unhappy relationship with a 77-year-old, Gary claims it was love at first sight when he locked eyes with the grandmother of six - one of whom is older than Gary. But even now, the couple who live in Maryville, Tennessee, are still happier than ever. This couple from Maryville, Tennessee exercises extreme love. Meet Almeda Hardwick, 72 years of age who has been happily married for two years on October 26th to her true soulmate, Gary Hardwick, 19 years of age. This couple has a staggering age gap of 53 years, but that hasn’t got in the way of their true love. They have known each other for almost two years, and decided to get married only after two weeks of acquaintance. They say it was love at first sight! He says he was attracted by her gorgeously blue eyes and her personality, always full of laughter and connected with their extreme chemistry. They shared the same interests in music. Gary says that he doesn’t feel like he is missing out on life by being married to Almeda, because he is mature for his age and doesn’t fit into the age bracket at all. Apparently, Gary has always had a thing for older ladies, and believe it or not, Almeda is not the oldest woman he has dated! Gary recalls that he had never been attracted to younger women, even when he was 13 years of age. He always had attraction to older ladies, since his grandmother was the one who raised him. Everyone was supportive of their relationship but Almeda’s son. The couple started to pursue internet fame by starting their own internet page. They do blogs, pranks, challenges, featuring info about their life together. They try to upload new content everyday. They try to inspire new people every day!

Model Promotes Psoriasis Positivity | SHAKE MY BEAUTY5m30s

Model Promotes Psoriasis Positivity | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A YOUNG model is spreading a message of body positivity by embracing the severe skin condition that at one point left 90% of her entire body covered with painful scabs. Celia Martinez from Guadix, Spain, was diagnosed with psoriasis aged 16 when she discovered small red dots on her stomach that eventually spread everywhere, including parts of her face. But rather than airbrushing or Photoshopping away her imperfections, Celia has amassed an online following of more than 10,000 followers on Instagram by confidently displaying some of her worst outbreaks to help encourage others to be comfortable in their own skin.

Disabled Sisters Are Queens Of Beauty Pageant | BORN DIFFERENT8m30s

Disabled Sisters Are Queens Of Beauty Pageant | BORN DIFFERENT

THE world of beauty pageants has helped two disabled sisters find their confidence and, for one of them, her first words. From a young age, both Ava, 9, and 4-year-old Jessa struggled with their confidence, with Jessa unable to speak at all. Ava was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, and Jessa has spina bifida milamidiseal - one of the most complex forms of spina bifida. Parents Jacqueline and Jason Whipple turned to beauty pageants to see if they could bring the girls out of their shells. Between them, Ava and Jessa have appeared in 40 beauty pageants, winning several crowns along the way, not to mention the hearts of everyone who meets them - and their parents couldn’t be prouder.

I Hid My Eating Disorder For 8 Years8m07s

I Hid My Eating Disorder For 8 Years

A 28-YEAR-OLD woman, whose weight dropped to 88lbs at the height of her eating disorders, is publicising her story to show other sufferers that recovery is possible. Lindsey Hall, from Fort Worth, Texas, says her eating disorders first began when she was a teenager, alternating between anorexia nervosa and bulimia. At college she once blacked out on a treadmill and would drink wine on an empty stomach to curb her appetite. Four years ago Lindsey went to an eating disorder treatment centre and says she is now in recovery – a process that she believes will last the rest of her life. Lindsey writes about her recovery on her blog ‘I Haven’t Shaved In 6 Weeks’, in an attempt to inspire others struggling with eating disorders to seek treatment.

My Wife, Our Sex Robots, And Me | EXTREME LOVE8m02s

My Wife, Our Sex Robots, And Me | EXTREME LOVE

AN INVENTOR building the next generation of sex robots with his wife reckons the cyborg lovers could help save marriages - and have improved his own. Robotics expert Dr Sergi Santos and his partner of 16 years, Maritsa Kissamitaki, are the brains behind ‘Samantha’, an artificial intelligence-driven love doll that he says is capable of enjoying sex. Sergi, from Rubi, Catalonia, Spain, credits Samantha - who has three different sexual personas, ranging from shy to raging nymphomaniac - with enhancing his sexual endurance. He also claims the love bot improves his marriage by offering a sexual outlet when his wife isn’t in the mood.

Car Crash Scars Won’t Kill My Modelling Dreams | SHAKE MY BEAUTY6m29s

Car Crash Scars Won’t Kill My Modelling Dreams | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A TENACIOUS model has learnt to show-off her scars after a tragic car accident left her fearing for her future. When she was just 23 years old, Neli Zuma was fighting for her life in ICU with internal bleeding after her friend’s car span out of control and hit a wall. Neli, now 25, was left with a gaping hole in her stomach and doctors had no choice but to remove skin from her thigh and sew it to the open wound to prevent her bleeding out. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do for her close friend who passed away two days later. Neli, who had just started out with her modelling career, was left with unusual scarring on her stomach and thigh and she had to use a colostomy bag for 10 months. Her body-confidence had hit an all-time low. But after months of trying to improve the way she saw herself, Neli from Durban, South Africa, decided it was time to show the world that she is no longer ashamed of her scars.

This Fitness Fanatic Won't Let Her Brittle Bones Stop Her5m31s

This Fitness Fanatic Won't Let Her Brittle Bones Stop Her

She is young and brimming with vigor - and she won’t let her brittle bone condition get in the way of her fitness goals! Jasmine Manuel is only 22 years old, but she suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 3, a severe type of disorder of the bones, making them incredibly susceptible to fractures. That is the reason why she is much shorter than other women her age. The severely brittle bones are not her only issue. Jasmine also suffers from severe scoliosis and has to move around in a power chair. But the fitness fanatic, who is also a student at Kennesaw State University and produces music under the pseudonym “Mini Producer”, uses her condition and stoic mental attitude to advocate for disabled fitness. “I like working out because it’s proving that I can do it. A lot of doctors have said different things about what I was going to be capable of, and every day I am just proving that I got this. I can do whatever.” Jasmine says. “I don’t have time to pity myself because there is nothing to feel sorry for, this is what it is… I don’t really have a choice but to be positive and live my life.” The heroine says she has broken anywhere between 100 and 200 bones in her lifetime and has undergone 22 surgeries. Still, these setbacks have not slowed her down - she has even taken on Fitness guru Shaun T’s Insanity Max 30 workout regimen. Her program has her doing push-ups, crunches and using all sorts of gym equipment on her university campus. She admits she was just curious if she could do it. But after seeing how she could work out without her bones breaking, she kept persevering and now has even started training another woman who is also in a chair, which she says gives her a great sense of pride.

My Husband Is An Asexual Drag Queen | EXTREME LOVE7m21s

My Husband Is An Asexual Drag Queen | EXTREME LOVE

AN UNCONVENTIONAL couple are breaking relationship stereotypes: both consider themselves asexual and the husband is an agender drag queen. Dancing on stage in full make-up and a revealing metallic one-piece, Jeremiah Dauberly has a passion for performing in drag; and sitting in the crowd is his number one fan - his wife Meagan. The couple, who are both 25 and live in Richmond, Virginia with their pet beagle, have known each other since they were teenagers and got married in their early twenties; so far, so conventional - but Jeremiah and Meagan both identify as asexual, meaning they have no sexual feelings or desires towards each other or anyone else.

I Won’t Hide My Vitiligo With Makeup | SHAKE MY BEAUTY7m07s

I Won’t Hide My Vitiligo With Makeup | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A STUDENT has finally embraced her vitiligo after years spending hundreds of dollars a month on make-up to disguise it. Up until a year ago, 21-year-old Mariah Perkins, from Timonium, Maryland, would hide the white patches on her face with thick make-up. Vitiligo is caused by a lack of the pigment melanin and the criminology student would spend hundreds of dollars a month on her heavy-duty foundations. By the time she got to college she would even sleep in her make-up. But a year ago Mariah grew tired of caking her face in foundation and decided to go “cold turkey”. Posting pictures of her natural beauty on social media, Mariah was amazed by the positive comments and finally stopped disguising her vitiligo with make-up, even when performing with her dance group.

Couple Build World’s Biggest Bunny Collection5m33s

Couple Build World’s Biggest Bunny Collection

A MARRIED couple have demonstrated their undying love by amassing the world’s biggest bunny collection. And their colony of rabbits has grown so vast they’ve housed it in a museum. Located in Altadena in Los Angeles, The Bunny Museum is a huge collection of more than 35,000 items of bunny memorabilia which tell a decades-long love story. The museum was co-founded by husband and wife team Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, and includes rabbit-related art, literature, figurines, games, and even Candace and Steve’s former real-life bunnies, who have been taxidermied and preserved for future visitors to enjoy.

Breast Cancer Won’t Stop Me Feeling Sexy | SHAKE MY BEAUTY4m58s

Breast Cancer Won’t Stop Me Feeling Sexy | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

GOING through the diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer not once but twice before the age of 40, Shay Sharpe has decided she doesn’t need boobs to prove she is a woman. The 40-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland not only decided to forego reconstructive breast surgery after her second cancer diagnosis, she has also posted numerous topless pictures of herself to celebrate her all-natural body, scars and all. Shay has also set up her own charity Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes, working with women with terminal cancer.

Me, My Boyfriend And My Slave | EXTREME LOVE7m47s

Me, My Boyfriend And My Slave | EXTREME LOVE

A DOMINATRIX reveals she has two 24/7 live-in ‘slaves’ who wait on her - and her boyfriend - hand and foot. Dahlia Rain, from New Jersey, shares her home with the men who cook, clean, tidy, buy groceries, and walk the dog in return for ‘rewards’ of the BDSM kind. The former school teacher was once married but got bored of her vanilla lifestyle. After divorcing from her husband, Dahlia started to dip her toes into the fetish scene. It was here that she met her ‘slaves’ - another name given to submissive partners in BDSM relationships - and her boyfriend John, who they also cater to when he visits.

Brazilian Woman Is Using Her Unique Birthmark To Launch Her Modelling Career6m06s

Brazilian Woman Is Using Her Unique Birthmark To Launch Her Modelling Career

Mariana Mendes, 24, was born with congenital melanocytic nevus, a type of birthmark that occurs in an estimated one percent of infants worldwide. Mariana’s unmissable birthmark covers the center of her face and, while many struggle to accept their birthmarks, Mariana has always fully embraced hers and encouraged others to do the same. Instead of being ashamed of the way one looks, they have to be fully aware of their ‘drawbacks’ and turn them into something powerful to make them feel special and unique. Because everybody is beautiful in their own way and this is just a different kind of beauty. As she says women do not need to fit into conventional beauty standards to be models. Neither do they have to be thin and tall with all the characteristics that the media now demands. Everyone has their own type of beauty even if you have characteristics out of the normal beauty standard, that’s your own kind of beauty. People have to accept themselves as they we are. And that is the only standard. This brave woman has chosen not to cover it up and she never uses makeup to do that because she knows that the birthmark is part of her and part of her personality. She has also never considered removing it. Now Mariana works mostly as a print model for clothing designers and she has launched a career as a digital influencer with 21,000 Instagram followers.The Brazilian beauty hopes her boldness will help break down barriers in the fashion industry and inspire more people to proudly bare their birthmarks.

The Boy Who Can’t Stop Hurting Himself | BORN DIFFERENT8m30s

The Boy Who Can’t Stop Hurting Himself | BORN DIFFERENT

A young boy faces a daily battle with a rare condition which causes him to severely injure himself. Davey Wicklund, 11, from Renton, Washington, has a rare inherited disorder that affects his muscle control called Lesch Nyhan syndrome. Davey’s mother, Jaren explained: "Lesch Nyhan syndrome is basically cerebral palsy with self injury. Davey has got the extreme. He cannot stand, walk, he cannot pull his head up for long time, independently. He has got the muscle strength, but not the ability to control.” The parents have to take special measures daily to ensure that Davey doesn’t hurt himself; including arm braces, kangaroo-type pouches to tuck his legs in and a rubber mouth contraception to stop him biting his lip.

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt8m49s

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt

A MAN who tried to take his own life has finally found recovery after battling depression for years without a diagnosis, beginning his own mental health charity in the process. For Pat Lawson, growing up with depression wasn’t something he so much tried to hide as something he wasn’t even fully aware of. It wasn’t until he attempted suicide, age 30, that Pat sought the medical help he’d needed for so long - and finally shared with others the depression he had been battling alone all his life. The 32-year-old father of two, from Australia, set up an online group and charity to support men with mental illnesses called Three Words, named after the three most important words anyone with a mental illness can say: ‘I need help’.

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt8m49s

Father Finds Happiness After Suicide Attempt

A MAN who tried to take his own life has finally found recovery after battling depression for years without a diagnosis, beginning his own mental health charity in the process. For Pat Lawson, growing up with depression wasn’t something he so much tried to hide as something he wasn’t even fully aware of. It wasn’t until he attempted suicide, age 30, that Pat sought the medical help he’d needed for so long - and finally shared with others the depression he had been battling alone all his life. The 32-year-old father of two, from Australia, set up an online group and charity to support men with mental illnesses called Three Words, named after the three most important words anyone with a mental illness can say: ‘I need help’.

700lb BBW to 465lb Proud Mum | HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m53s

700lb BBW to 465lb Proud Mum | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

WHEREAS she once drank 3,500 calorie milkshakes through a funnel to intentionally gain weight, new mum Monica Riley has now swapped funnel feeds for bottle feeds. Dining out on up to 10,000 calories a day, Monica Riley, 29, of Fort Worth, Texas, dreamed of being the fattest woman in the world and of being “immobile”. She ballooned to over 700lbs and set her sights on becoming so large that she would be bedbound, but the 29-year-old decided to change her life – and her body – after discovering she was pregnant in March 2017. Determined to ensure a healthy pregnancy after two previous miscarriages, Monica dropped to 520lbs through healthy eating and gentle exercise, and gave birth to baby Michelle in October 2017 by C-section. Though Michelle initially had trouble breathing and had to be kept in hospital for observation for six weeks due to reflex and four small holes in her heart, she is now back home with her besotted parents, and Monica is now planning gastric bypass surgery in a bid to lose even more weight.

I Design My Own Ostomy Bags To Feel Sexy5m44s

I Design My Own Ostomy Bags To Feel Sexy

A woman who lost her large intestine and rectum to cancer is making ostomy bags sexy with handmade covers in satin and lace. Last year, Heather Matson, 35, was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer and the subsequent surgery left her with a stoma bag permanently attached to her abdomen. After surgery, Heather, who lives in Vancouver, Washington, faced four months of recovery, but it was during this time that she discovered a way to accessorise her new friend.

The Bodybuilder With Butterfly Skin | BORN DIFFERENT7m19s

The Bodybuilder With Butterfly Skin | BORN DIFFERENT

A SEVERE skin condition hasn’t stopped one man from becoming a bodybuilder and motivational speaker, despite doctors initially saying he wouldn’t live past the age of five. Dean Clifford, now 38, has become the oldest living survivor in the world of the most serious form of Epidermolysis Bullosa. The genetic condition causes the Queensland-native to have incredibly fragile skin, which blisters frequently and takes much longer than usual to heal itself. Despite this, Dean has transformed himself from a physically weak and sick child to a practiced bodybuilder with a successful motivational speaking business.