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  • Simon: Oh, yeah work it, you saucy little minx.

  • This is my friend Annika and she is from the YouTube channel

  • Annika: Annika Victoria

  • Martina: she likes to do

  • Annika: DIY fashion and sewing

  • Martina: and her favorite color is

  • Annika: I don't have a favourite colour. I'm sure you-

  • Martina: And her favourite fruit is...? And if you were a K-pop main, you'd be...?

  • Annika: Uuh

  • Annika is visiting from Australia and we decided like "hey, we both use mobility aids.

  • Is it possible to show people how we're able to actually be fashionable while wearing these things?"

  • I think that we all kind of feel down on ourselves

  • but when you meet somebody else who has a struggle with a mobility aid, you start to realize like

  • "Oh, actually there are ways to overcome this. There are ways to be fashionable and to feel youthful."

  • Annika: and that you're not alone

  • [Inspiration music]

  • We were discussing how we created these different hashtags

  • to try to help other people around the world like come together and realize they're not alone

  • So, you guys might already be using or looking at "build a ladder" hashtag, but Annika has one that I really like it's called

  • "babe with the mobility aid"

  • The illness I have is called Takayasu's arteritis and it's an autoimmune

  • illness that affects the arteries that branch away from my heart so they're pretty important arteries.

  • So, like the ones that are affected in my body go to my brain and to my arm.

  • I was diagnosed with that eight years ago.

  • I started using a mobility aid three years ago because I was just exhausted. I couldn't get through my day.

  • I was trying to go to uni and work in a science lab. Every time I got to uni

  • I was just wiped out and I like couldn't focus on my classes. So what I did was I got myself a mobility aid.

  • I found it really hard when I was shopping for that mobility aid

  • like I really had a lot of people kind of looking at me like "You don't need that" cuz I think the real idea of

  • someone who uses a mobility aid is older people, right? Like all the brochures and everything that I was looking at all had

  • elderly people in- sitting in wheelchairs being like "ahh, enjoying my retirement" because of that

  • I was feeling really down about being a young person who uses a mobility aid.

  • It's weird when you use a mobility aid you feel at once invisible

  • like you can't be stylish and fashionable. On the other side,

  • you also feel like everyone's staring at you like being like "Why is she using that thing? What's wrong with her?" Martina: Yeah, it's both at the same time.

  • Annika: Yeah, so I started the hashtag babe with a mobility aid because I was just feeling so self-conscious

  • but I thought there must be other people out there who

  • would- who are feeling the same thing that I'm feeling and it's such a good thing for me when I'm feeling

  • really anxious about going out using my wheelchair if I think people are gonna stare at me or like if I'm meeting someone new and

  • and they're only gonna see my wheelchair

  • I am able to go online, go on Instagram, look at that hashtag and see just other people out there

  • just living their lives doing what they need to do

  • to feel their best.

  • If you have a community of people to talk to you also see the way that they're incorporating it into their outfits

  • Annika: Yes. Martina: So if you see a person on their wheelchair and you see them posing and you go "Wait,

  • they look so cute right now" then suddenly the confidence of that person not giving a damn you realize "Oh,

  • It's just a normal person who just happens to be sitting in a chair."

  • [Chill music]

  • When I use my cane and I have to be at an event and I feel really good about myself

  • I use it like a pimp stick, you know what I mean?

  • Like from that era of -- I'm not saying that I am a pimp in any way --

  • I have a different kind of swagger and then people don't see the cane. They see me being fashionable and feeling confident

  • It's when we kind of shrivel up and feel like we're matching our devices like I'm using a cane therefore I'm old

  • I'm ugly and like you kind of like shrivel up.

  • Annika: I think

  • "broken" is a term that I'll often use for myself when I'm feeling really low and that's such a bad term that I feel broken

  • therefore I have to use a mobility aid. No, a mobility aid is empowering, it empowers me to go out into the world.

  • It's the opposite of being broken. Martina: Do you judge somebody who gets in the car to go to work

  • They're like "I'm gonna take the car to work": Broken! Why don't you bike it, loser?! Annika: Why don't you walk three hours? Martina: You got legs?!

  • Martina: We're just not thinking of it the right way. You know, inline skates make you move faster, skateboards make you look cooler. Let's all admit that.

  • [Music]

  • Let's talk canes and heels:

  • This is something that I actually

  • struggled a lot with. I felt like if I'm wearing heels with an outfit I couldn't possibly have a cane because it would kind of

  • be like contradictory like "Oh, you have used a cane, but you can wear heels.

  • You're obviously healthy enough to wear heels." If I'm gonna go out for like three hours in these heels I might become exhausted.

  • I don't want to not go out

  • so instead I bring with me my little fold up cane. You want to get a cane that has adjustable heights on it here.

  • I know it's really cool to have a cane that's only one length.

  • The problem is that if you're wearing heels

  • you're gonna have to adjust it for different heights to make sure you're leaning into it properly. When I'm out of my heels

  • I bring it down a couple notches.

  • Wedge heels, for me, are the way to go because they have lots of surface area so that I can walk around and feel stable.

  • If I'm feeling not too stable

  • I can just pop it out and use it as kind of like a third leg, if you will, and you know, that's okay

  • It's okay to be like "I'm in heels,

  • I'm in a dress, but I also need a little bit of support." You don't need to lean into it,

  • you don't need to hobble and like really support yourself. It's just kind of like a tripod. You feel like a lot more stable.

  • So, I love using this fold up cane and plus it feels like a magic trick.

  • [Cane clicks open]

  • I mean, come on, other than that, enjoy your outfits and your heels because it's possible, y'all.

  • [Upbeat music]

  • Simon: Oh, shit is that a sling? Is this a reveal for RuPaul? Oh, titty almost fell out. That's quite the reveal

  • [Music]

  • Because you are capable of walking

  • what do you do when people see you get up out of your chair?

  • Because sometimes I know you're using your chair to conserve energy, but then you might get up to reach for something.

  • Annika: Yeah, so- Martina: You know put it in a basket or something. What are the reactions?

  • Annika: It's really bad like because I've had such negative reactions in the past where people like really like stare at me, frown at me

  • People will come off and ask what's wrong with me. I've heard people like whispering about me, like, movies and TVs

  • it's always- it' always portrayed that way like someone uses a wheelchair because

  • they are paralyzed or someone uses a wheelchair because they're faking their disability

  • and when they stand up everyone goes "Gasp,

  • they were faking it all along!" and because of that there's such a stigma from standing up

  • I really feel the pressure from people watching me to act

  • disabled, whatever that means. Martina: As we all start talking more about this and as this conversation happens online

  • this is the cool thing about the internet now people around the world can see that "Oh,

  • there are lots of people that use wheelchairs for things that I can't see and I'm not gonna get upset at someone for getting out

  • of their car, taking out their wheel chair."

  • Because 99.9999% of the chances are that they need that

  • Martina: Yes.

  • like maybe there is like a

  • 0.0001 percent of people that might, I don't know, for some reason. Number one, wheelchairs are so

  • inconvenient. They just make everything hurt. Martina: They hurt your ass, they hurt your back. Fashion is difficult.

  • Annika: And you can't go upstairs. Fashion is difficult.

  • If something's on the second floor without, it's broken, you can't go there. Annika: And number two,

  • like if you're gonna like have a go at someone 'cuz you think they're faking it the chances are, they

  • legitimately need to use that mobility aid to get on with their day and you're ruining someone's day who's already having a hard time

  • because they're using that mobility aid. You're just ruining that person's day for absolutely no reason. Martina: Yeah, Wow. Tell it, Annika.

  • Martina: I'm keeping all that in. Annika: I'm fired up!

  • Martina: No, I absolutely, totally agree with you.

  • Gentle high-five.

  • I have one arm left right now, okay? Gentle ones.

  • Annika: Don't ruin it.

  • [Music]

  • So one of the problems I have in the summertime is that if I try to wear shorts with my knee brace

  • I always get these really painful cuts all up on the inside of my thigh because knee braces that have velcro

  • really fricking suck. They always start out beautiful

  • but then after like a week of wear it starts to slowly roll up on the edges.

  • So, I have two fixes for that. One of them is using really cute band-aids.

  • That's like something awesome about living in Japan as I always have an unlimited access to like dollar store adorableness

  • I had like Sailor Moon for a while and Hello Kitty. They stick really well on the velcro and the fabric

  • So let me just show you how I'm gonna do that.

  • So, for me, it's like this edge right here, and I'm just gonna put it on half fabric

  • velcro over. I find that because they are bandages they're flexible and they kind of adhere in a gentle way,

  • I guess, 'cuz it's used to adhering to your skin while other stuff like I tried to use scotch tape or duct tape and stuff --

  • it was like really, really hard. This is just fabric tape.

  • So, this is uh easily removable and not super sticky, but the fabric tape also works really well.

  • I obviously wouldn't put it on this ugly. I'm just trying to show you guys where I'm covering it up.

  • So, the edges where it curves and this one here and then that way when I stand up when I'm walking and I'm rubbing it

  • it's just nice and smooth and it doesn't hurt.

  • So, that's one of the fixes you can do. And option number two,

  • you can get yourself a really funky pair of leggings. You pop those on and then when you slide your knee brace on it doesn't

  • hurt when it rubs against your skin.

  • I really like this because it can kind of take an outfit that's already

  • normal-looking and then just add something to it. And I have a whole bunch of them.

  • I got them from like Etsy from different shops.

  • I find it's a nice way to kind of let your knee brace pop out almost like jewelry.

  • So, yeah, that's my other quick fix but then --

  • Tatan! Simon: Mmm. Martina: So, I have another question for you: from the looks of it

  • It sounds like your channel is like "Annika uses a wheelchair and sometimes doesn't and screams at people."

  • I wish. So, my channel is all about

  • sewing clothes to fit your own body

  • I think a lot of people have a lot issues with store-bought clothes and that they just don't fit. Martina: Especially in Asia. Annika: Probably.

  • Or they don't want to support

  • You know fast fashion companies or they just want to be creative and learn how to make something which is really satisfying.

  • So I show people how to make clothes from their own patterns to fit their own bodies.

  • Martina: You also do a lot of cool DIY stuff where you'll take like a shirt that

  • you already have and then you'll turn it into like a really cool rock crop top.

  • Annika: Yeah, upcycle. Martina: And you made your own bathing suit once. When I saw that come up

  • I'm like "what do you mean, you can make your own bathing suit?"

  • Annika: You sure can

  • Yeah, I just didn't think you could. So It's awesome

  • and it's got a little bit of peppering the same way that my channel does of us bringing up our

  • Illness or dealing with mobility aids but it's not the main focus of either of our channels

  • Yes

  • but I really think that we wanted to come together to do this video because

  • even though we have different audiences people that are interested in crafts and arts and doing things themselves and sewing and people who are interested in

  • travel and food and adventures and our cat, you know.

  • You're only subscribed for Meemers, admit it!

  • So, I hope you guys enjoyed this little fashion lookbook.

  • I am actually to this point still not sure how I'm gonna edit this.

  • So, either you've already seen us being fashionable or you haven't yet and you're about to

  • [Sexy music]

  • Martina, in strange accent: Very nice. Excellent twirl!

  • [Sexy music]

  • Simon: Work it, girl!

  • Martina: Yes, and then pan over to Annika.

  • Annika: Huaagh! Oh, no, it didn't work! [Boop!]

  • So, I hope that Annika and I can inspire you guys to

  • get out there with your mobility aids and to not feel like you're old or feel like you can't be pretty. That is absolutely total

  • hornswoggle garbage, you hear me? Annika: Use them whenever you need to. You are a babe -- "Yeah." -- with a mobility aid and build that latter.

  • Oh, oh, I like this. Annika: Hashtag, hashtag, hashtag!

  • Subscribe, like, thumbs up!

  • There are- there are channels that try and

  • get kids to like their videos by telling them that they will die if they don't like -- "What?!" [Dramatic piano music] -- So guys, we're very sick.

  • We might actually die if you don't like this video. Martina: Wh- They really say things like that?! Annika: Yes.

  • Alright, well,

  • I'm in the innocent realm of the YouTube world where I'm watching cooking with dog

  • and like my favorite Irish couple that like live in Northern Ireland that like have sheep and stuff

  • So I'm in the- I'm in the wrong part of the internet,

  • I see. ["Baby When You Move Your Body" starts fading in]

  • Annika: No, good part of the internet. Martina: If you want to go to another good part of the Internet, if you want a head to like a

  • safe place,

  • make sure you check the links below because I'm gonna put links over to the part two or as we called it "the second half

  • of this video". So, we did a little bit of fashion

  • looks on my channel with mobility aids and with Annika and then we're doing the rest of them on Annika's channel.

  • So, make sure you go check out that link, subscribe, like, smash it, Annika might die.

  • All that stuff and check out Annika's videos. Martina: I hope you guys found this video helpful

  • We got to be confident with our mobility aids. After all,

  • all they're doing is helping us getting out there and being more mobile. Please, check the infobox for link over to Annika's video.

  • It's kind of like a part two or part one depending on which channel you came from first and we got bloopers as

  • usual, check the bonus channel.

Simon: Oh, yeah work it, you saucy little minx.

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    Summer posted on 2021/04/29
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