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The Brother And Sister Who Age Too Fast | BORN DIFFERENT7m04s

The Brother And Sister Who Age Too Fast | BORN DIFFERENT

DESPITE there being only 155 known cases worldwide, a brother and sister BOTH live with progeria – an incredibly rare disease that makes them age too fast. Siblings Michiel and Amber Vandeweert have progeria, a genetic condition characterised by the signs of accelerated, and premature, ageing. Experiencing problems with their bones, teeth and hair growth, patients with progeria have a very short life expectancy with most not seeing out their teen years. But that hasn’t stopped Michiel, 20, and Amber, 12, living their best life together - the inspirational siblings from Belgium have truly defied all odds up to this point and show no signs of slowing down. Daredevil, Michiel, stands at just 4 foot 1 inch and loves to race around a track at Go Karting and snowboard with his friends. Amber, 3 foot 7 inches, has a great a passion for dancing and describes herself as playful. When Michiel was born, doctors said it was verging on impossible for the Vandeweert family to give birth to a second child who also had the disease, and so when Amber was diagnosed eight years after her brother, everyone fell into a state of shock. No one expected the siblings to be in this position, but they remain thankful to this day that they have each other as their greatest support.

I Want Kids But My Husband Is Twice My Age | EXTREME LOVE10m42s

I Want Kids But My Husband Is Twice My Age | EXTREME LOVE

MARRIED Melinda and Larry Mikla have an unconventional age gap in their relationship - of 30 years. The lovestruck pair get stares everywhere they go, from passers-by who think they are dad and daughter, or worse, a granddaughter and her grandpa. The pair met when retired police officer Larry was the first responder to a minor traffic incident involving Mindy’s car in Ohio, USA, in August 2012. Now the couple are trying for a baby, but don’t know if it will be possible due to Larry having a vasectomy 18 years ago.

I’m A Tattooed Permanent Clown | HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m19s

I’m A Tattooed Permanent Clown | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A PERMANENT CLOWN in West Hollywood insists he has no regrets over his look and loves his entertainer lifestyle. Richie began modifying his face to look like a clown over 10 years ago, when he first moved to Hollywood working as a barber. Since then, Richie, who goes by the name ‘Richie the Barber’, has had silicone implants, a split tongue and numerous facial tattoos including a nose tipped in red, blue eyelids and a Cheshire cat grin. Despite his look terrifying some people, the 33-year-old doesn’t regret his decisions.

'Never Let Cancer Stop You From Looking Like A Snack’ | SHAKE MY BEAUTY9m43s

'Never Let Cancer Stop You From Looking Like A Snack’ | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A 21-YEAR-OLD with incurable bone cancer that resulted in a leg amputation is refusing to let the disease stop her ‘looking like a snack’. Felicia Cantone from Essex, England was diagnosed with incurable bone sarcoma when she was six years old and has been battling with the disease ever since. The cancer has resulted in her having her leg amputated, but the London student is spreading body positivity through proudly showing off her stump in killer outfits.

Married Couple Are Threesome Seekers | EXTREME LOVE2m32s

Married Couple Are Threesome Seekers | EXTREME LOVE

In this upcoming episode of Extreme Love, we meet Colorado couples Mike and Jen and Blaine and Courtney, who are looking to spice up their marriages. The answer? They have all decided to join a swinger’s community in Colorado, USA. Their story will feature in WEtv’s new series, Extreme Love, airing on Friday 11th January 10pm EST.

My Girlfriend Is My 24/7 Slave | EXTREME LOVE8m24s

My Girlfriend Is My 24/7 Slave | EXTREME LOVE

A YOUNG woman says that being completely submissive to her boyfriend has allowed her to break free from the chains of an eating disorder. Nancy, 23, and her boyfriend Jack, 24, live a BDSM lifestyle, 24 hours a day. After one year of being “vanilla”, the couple from Rome insist that their relationship has improved by taking on constant dominant and submissive roles. Nancy, who is an aspiring fashion designer, wears a collar around her neck, signifying a commitment of submission she has promised to her other half. After years of being controlled by bulimia, she says that she has broken free from the chains of an eating disorder through practising BDSM. Now, she prefers to relinquish control to 24-year-old Jack, who is a self-proclaimed sadist.

Killer Wins Beauty Pageant In Women's Prison | TRULY7m45s

Killer Wins Beauty Pageant In Women's Prison | TRULY

A PRISON beauty pageant has been won by a woman convicted of murdering her lover – and now she wants to be a model. In its thirteenth year, the annual Miss Talavera Bruce beauty pageant is held in unlikely surroundings: a women’s prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Instituto Penal Talavera is the only maximum-security women’s prison in the city with inmates serving life sentences for murder, fraud and drug trafficking. But for one day each year, a handful of the inmates are judged on something other than their crimes: ‘their beauty and attitude’ as they vie for the first place sash and title of Miss Talavera Bruce - or ‘TB Girl’ as it is referred to. Out of the estimated hundreds of inmates at the prison, only 10 make it the pageant, the selection based on behaviour records. As well as dressing up and getting their hair and makeup done, the pageant provides a rare opportunity to see beloved family members somewhere other than the visitation room – and in some cases it’s the only time inmates get to see their children.

Transgender ‘Power Couple’ Plan A Family | MY TRANS LIFE12m16s

Transgender ‘Power Couple’ Plan A Family | MY TRANS LIFE

A HUSBAND and wife dubbed the UK’s transgender ‘power couple’ plan to start a family together. Despite getting married towards the beginning of 2018, Jake and Hannah Graf are only now moving into their first home together. The couple met three years ago, splitting their time between Jake’s west London flat and Hannah’s army barracks at Sandhurst. But now that Hannah has left the army, she can finally live permanently with her husband. The couple first connected over social media through mutual friends in the transgender community. Jake, an actor and director, transitioned 10 years ago, while Hannah, who joined the army as a man, serving in Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, began transitioning five years ago.

Incredible Boy Uses Ankle As His Knee6m23s

Incredible Boy Uses Ankle As His Knee

A BOY who has had constructive surgery to turn his ankle for a knee is dreaming of becoming a professional basketball player. Aiden Godoy, from Naples, Florida, was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency, or PFFD, which left him with a malformed right leg.The eight year old's parents were advised to amputate the leg but they refused and decided to explore a rotationplasty. Aiden had his lower leg and foot rotated 180 degrees, his tibia was fused to the proximal femur. His foot is positioned where the knee used to be, with the heel portion in front and the toes pointing back, the ankle now functions in place of the knee joint. Now Aiden is using his new leg to master basketball, swimming and riding in his families ATV’s.

Transgender ‘Power Couple’ Plan A Family | MY TRANS LIFE12m16s

Transgender ‘Power Couple’ Plan A Family | MY TRANS LIFE

A HUSBAND and wife dubbed the UK’s transgender ‘power couple’ plan to start a family together. Despite getting married towards the beginning of 2018, Jake and Hannah Graf are only now moving into their first home together. The couple met three years ago, splitting their time between Jake’s west London flat and Hannah’s army barracks at Sandhurst. But now that Hannah has left the army, she can finally live permanently with her husband. The couple first connected over social media through mutual friends in the transgender community. Jake, an actor and director, transitioned 10 years ago, while Hannah, who joined the army as a man, serving in Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, began transitioning five years ago.

The Goth With The Monster Mohawk | HOOKED ON THE LOOK6m21s

The Goth With The Monster Mohawk | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A LONDON-BASED goth has styled their signature mohawk so tall that they struggle to use public transport. Parma Ham, who is agender and does not like to be known by their birth name, is from London, UK and is known for their striking mohawk hairstyle and gothic attire. The 20-something officially changed their name to Parma Ham in 2015 after being blocked by Facebook for using the fake name. Parma’s impressive mohawk is made up of 70% hair extensions and can take two hours - and two cans of hairspray - to prepare. It can reach heights of up to three foot, making it almost impossible to travel on public transport.

The Woman With The Giant Feet | BORN DIFFERENT3m00s

The Woman With The Giant Feet | BORN DIFFERENT

A GENETIC mutation has caused a woman’s leg to swell to more than three times its normal size. Tawheeda Jan, aged 21, from Indian Administered Kashmir was born with Lymphatic Filariasis, a condition more commonly known as elephantiasis. Elephantiasis is typically characterized by thickening of the skin and subcutaneous tissue that causes grossly enlarged and swollen limbs. The condition has affected Tawheeda since birth but has worsened over time. Sadly, Tawheeda has never been able to wear shoes, and has even had her toes amputated to try and ease her discomfort, but still faces a daily struggle with the condition.

I’m Finally Proud Of My Ostomy Bag | SHAKE MY BEAUTY6m33s

I’m Finally Proud Of My Ostomy Bag | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A YOUNG woman who was on a liquid diet for a year has finally been able to eat her beloved pasta again thanks to her ostomy bag. Charlotte Twinley, from Arundel, Sussex suffered such severe pain from her body’s inability to digest food that she had to resort to a liquid-only diet of meal replacement milkshakes for a whole year. In her teen years Charlotte was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (or EDS), a connective tissue disorder, which in Charlotte’s case affected her joints and also her gastroparesis in her digestive system. To make matters worse, because of the discomfort associated with eating, Charlotte started to reduce her food intake resulting in weight loss and an eating disorder. It’s only now, after receiving care for her mental health and the ostomy surgery that Charlotte feels happy with both her physical and mental health – and proud of the small pouch that has enabled her to eat again.

BTV’s Top 10 Stories 20185m56s

BTV’s Top 10 Stories 2018

In 2018, BARCROFT TV has featured the most inspiring, shocking and heart-warming stories from across the world. From exploring the world of snake-handling churches, to getting sassy with killer plus-size dance troupes. Meeting everyone from inspiring transgender children, to people who proudly embrace their differences, such as a woman with a beard and a teen whose body is covered in 90 percent burns. To celebrate Barcroft TV’s 1.1 billion YouTube views, and an additional 2 million subscribers, we’ve collated our top 10 most viewed videos of the year and can now reveal our most incredible and inspirational figures of 2018.

Bottoms Up! Rodrigo Alves Gets An Xmas Butt Lift | HOOKED ON THE LOOK9m21s

Bottoms Up! Rodrigo Alves Gets An Xmas Butt Lift | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

HUMAN Ken doll Rodrigo Alves celebrates Christmas in Milan, by buying pairs of designer shoes for his friends and taking singing lessons for his budding singing career. Primarily known for his love of plastic surgery, Rodrigo Alves says he will spend 2019 focusing on launching a singing career - and has even set his sights on entering the Eurovision contest. Also known as the human Ken doll, Rodrigo has started singing lessons with vocal coach Laura Pesenti in Milan, Italy. During his time in the Italian style capital Rodrigo has also been getting into the festive spirit with some shoe shopping, making pizza for his friends - and of course finding time for a little cosmetic procedure: this time a Brazilian butt lift.

Barbie Wannabe Spends $50,000 To Be Ultimate Bimbo | HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m46s

Barbie Wannabe Spends $50,000 To Be Ultimate Bimbo | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A SWISS cam-girl living in Spain has spent over £40,000 on achieving her ‘Barbie Doll’ look - despite her boyfriend of six years breaking up with her because of her obsession. Aviva Rocks, 28, describes herself as a ‘Barbie with curves’, and has undergone over six surgeries to become the perfect version of herself.

I Bought My Fiancé A Sex Doll | EXTREME LOVE2m14s

I Bought My Fiancé A Sex Doll | EXTREME LOVE

A BRIDE-TO-BE has opened up about her desire to bring a male sex doll into her love life. Shawna, from Nova Scotia, Canada, has been spurred on to purchase a special silicone companion by her fiance’s collection of the life-size sex toys. The couple already share their home – and bed – with doll enthusiast Dave’s three female sex dolls, which sometimes leave Shawna feeling lonely. Shawna is now eyeing a male model of her own, with no less than three interchangeable penises. Dave and Shawna’s story will feature in WE tv’s new series, Extreme Love, airing on Friday 28th December 10pm EST.

Comedian With “Spatula" Hand Laughs Off Condition | BORN DIFFERENT6m30s

Comedian With “Spatula" Hand Laughs Off Condition | BORN DIFFERENT

A 33-YEAR-OLD TWIN born with a curved spine, missing kidney and deformed arm is embracing his differences through comedy. Matty Oxley, an aspiring comedian from Middlesbrough, was born with VATER Syndrome, a set of birth defects that often occur together, and include the curvature of his spine, or scoliosis. However, this hasn’t stopped him from fulfilling his dream: for the past five years, Matty has been performing stand-up comedy and has recently opened his own comedy club.

I Had A Stroke Aged 12 | TRULY9m21s

I Had A Stroke Aged 12 | TRULY

A TEEN model has beaten the odds and has relearned to walk and talk after surviving a stroke age 12. Growing up with three older sisters, Rafi Solaiman was the typical younger brother: full of energy and enthusiasm he would run around the house, play sports in the garden and do whatever he could to wind up his siblings. All of that changed when aged 12, Rafi suffered a stroke and brain haemorrhage so severe it left his body in locked in syndrome. Rafi had to learn how to walk, talk - and even blink again. Now 18 years old, while Rafi is still affected by the stroke, he has an exciting future ahead of him.

My Life As A Living Doll Is Liberating | HOOKED ON THE LOOK6m37s

My Life As A Living Doll Is Liberating | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A WOMAN is calling herself a ‘living doll’ after connecting to the dolls she uses in her art. Fifi, who goes by the name ‘Fifi Doll’, has been dressing like a doll for three years – and she’s almost always in pink. Although Fifi calls herself a living doll, she wants people to understand it’s more about identity and not performance. When it comes to her look, Fifi draws inspiration from ball-jointed dolls, as anyone of any shape can enjoy the look. Fifi always tries to incorporate her doll-style into her outfits, drawing inspiration from the antique look of lace, chiffon and soft fabrics.

Our Interabled Love Life | TRULY9m18s

Our Interabled Love Life | TRULY

AFTER almost giving up on finding love, a quadriplegic has found his soulmate - at the rehabilitation centre that helped him with his paralysis. Cole Sydnor, from Richmond, Virginia had a life changing accident in August 2011, when diving in a local river and hitting a rock, that left him paralysed from the triceps down. The now 23-year-old has gone through rigorous rehabilitation to help accept his new body, but also found love in Charisma Jamison, who was a Rehabilitation Technician at the centre. The couple have been together for a year and now run a frank YouTube channel documenting their lives as a interabled couple and the discussions that come with it.

Boy With Giant Mole Beats The Bullies | BORN DIFFERENT7m47s

Boy With Giant Mole Beats The Bullies | BORN DIFFERENT

AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy who was born with a rare mole covering his entire body, is finally learning to deal with the bullies after battling through more than 15 surgeries in order to survive. Lucas Starr, who resides in Alaska, lives with Giant Congenital Nevus - a dark-coloured, often hairy patch of skin that is present at birth in only one in 500,000 children. The Nevus is also on the inside of Lucas’ body, with other symptoms including Hydrocephalus, which needs to be monitored every three to six months, and Neurocutaneous Melanosis (NCM), which are lesions on the brain. The Nevus on Lucas’ brain led to the biggest scare of his life so far, when he was rushed to hospital in the summer of 2018 with a tumour. But despite the constant health scares and bullying that Lucas has to endure, he always comes out fighting and dreams of becoming a professional racing driver.

Birthmarks Won’t Stop My Modelling Dreams | SHAKE MY BEAUTY6m02s

Birthmarks Won’t Stop My Modelling Dreams | SHAKE MY BEAUTY

A YOUNG mother who was born with birthmarks covering her entire body has finally learnt to embrace her unique image – by becoming a successful model. Marika Nagy, 21, lives with Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, an extremely rare skin condition that affects just one percent of infants worldwide. Marika, who resides in Bremen, Germany, had to undergo seven skin removal surgeries in order to survive past birth and she has always been much more prone to skin cancer. Despite the years of bullying throughout her school life, Marika now describes herself as a model, Instagrammer and young mother – and she thanks her baby boy for her newly found confidence.

My Rare Dwarfism Makes Me One In 500 Million | BORN DIFFERENT6m52s

My Rare Dwarfism Makes Me One In 500 Million | BORN DIFFERENT

DESPITE being born with a rare form of Primordial Dwarfism that affects just over a dozen people worldwide, 3”6 Monica Zaring continues to defy all the odds. Monica, 30, is currently the oldest female in the world to be living with Saul-Wilson Syndrome – a condition that has baffled doctors for decades. Saul-Wilson Syndrome is an extremely rare skeletal disorder characterised by a significantly short stature, a pronounced forehead, hearing loss and microcephaly – the appearance of a smaller head. Six years ago, Monica, who resides in Louisville, Kentucky, provided a sample of her DNA to doctors who were working on a groundbreaking study of Saul-Wilson Syndrome at the National Institute of Health. And in the latter stages of 2017, Monica’s years of heartache and unanswered questions were finally resolved, with doctors successfully identifying the root cause of her rare dwarfism.

I’ll Never Stop Modifying My Body | HOOKED ON THE LOOK7m27s

I’ll Never Stop Modifying My Body | HOOKED ON THE LOOK

A YOUNG MAN, who went through more than 40 body modification procedures, claims to be “the world’s most modified youth.” Ethan Bramble, from Melbourne, Australia has had a string of body modifications including getting his tongue split, the removal of his belly button and even tattooing his eyeballs black. Ethan, who recently turned 22, has always had a passion for body art and started modifying his body at just 11-years-old.