Today's story is about Jasmin Britney, a girl from Finland. She got in a horrible accident when she was 9-years old, which caused her to become paralyzed from the neck down. Seventeen years have passed since the accident, and Jasmin has learned how to deal with the handicap in her everyday life - so much so that she has even started to practice a few unique hobbies that have completely changed her life. Learn more her story through the photos below.
Today Jasmin Britney is a healthy and active 29-year old. Her spinal chord got severed back in 1988, but that has not stopped her from perusing her ultimate hobby. The result of her success in this unique hobby has gained her thousands of fans throughout the whole world.
Jasmin's idols include her favorite figure - Barbie, as well as Britney Spears, Cinderella, and Princess Jasmine. She spends 4 hours each day trying to model her look, body and outfit to her idols. Seeing her photos, it seems like she has nailed it.
Jasmine told reporters during a recent interview, "Bringing out my inner Barbie and fairytale princess boosts my self-confidence." She also mentioned later on that she also loved the Spice Girls and Disney Princesses during her early childhood.
Jasmin's tragic story begins on March 17th, when she got hit by a distracted taxi driver, who's car sent her flying 23-meters in the air. She had her old, native Finnish name back then, which was Katariina Koskiranta. She was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Once the accident happened, Jasmin was taken to the hospital, where she underwent immediate surgery. After waking up, she couldn't feel any part of her body. "I could see by the look in my parent's eyes that something wasn't right," said Jasmin.
Although her spinal cord was severed, and there was no hope for treating her conditions, it was still a miracle that she even survived the whole ordeal. Her siblings Janne and Satu, then aged 14 and 24, did their best to spend time reading to her.
After realizing the severity of her situation, Jasmin decided not to give up. Instead, she would turn into her childhood heroes and thus serve as an inspiration to other people who have similar problems. Her friend and caretaker Henriikka helps her every day.
Jasmin's efforts to remake her look into her childhood heroes did not stop with just her hair and makeup. She also changed her name, formed by a combining Britney Spears and Princess Jasmine. This is similar to how Marilyn Manson came up with his stage name.
According to a recent interview, Jasmine said: "I never leave the house without the perfect Barbie look and high heels, even though I can't walk." Her look is not just an eccentric hobby for herself, but it has also turned into a symbol of hope for all those in need.
Today Jasmin is working towards getting her diploma, hoping that's going to help her become a fashion designer. She is also active on Facebook and YouTube, where she is raising awareness and also raises money for people with spinal cord injuries.
Although Jasmine's look is her own unique style, that still means that every else should also feel free to pursue what makes them happy. Life is so short and fragile, meaning no one should be stopped from pursuing the dreams that make him or her happy.
Seeing her high heels collection, it is obvious that Jasmine refuses to believe she won't be walking again." My life changed when I was nine years old so I post my pictures online to inspire other people who have spinal injuries or live with debilitating conditions and I refuse to believe I won't walk again," she says.
Jasmin's inspiration is not just about pursuing dreams - she also wants to be ready for the time when a breakthrough can happen. She says her look is a symbol and reminder for her to be ready for that future period medical science will progress enough to fix her spinal cord.
Her accident and subsequent injury haven't stopped her from living life to the fullest. She said, "I have been unable to move since my accident but it hasn't stopped me living life to the full and for me, that means posing as the world's only quadriplegic Barbie and Britney look alike."
Finishing the interview, she told reports that Christian Louboutin's are her favorite high heels, adding that the higher the shoes, the better. She loves to always go out of the house in glam outfits and never stops wearing her heels, even while in the wheelchair.