“The good, the bad, and the sexy.”
This is how Angela Rockwood, star of the new TV series, Push Girls, described what the audience will see on the show. Angela stars on the new series which follows the lives of four ladies living with paralysis as they break down barriers and stereotypes of paralysis.
I had the privilege of attending a luncheon in NYC yesterday where I had the opportunity to meet the four beautiful, stunning, and ambitious girls. Angela, also a Reeve Foundation Ambassador, is driven and super-stylish! Auti is a firecracker and never misses a beat (and this is great because she is a dancer – you can see her on the dance floor in episode two!) Mia is super positive and reminds me of the girl-next-door. Tiphany is young, vibrant, and ready to take on the world! (Full profiles of the girls can been seen on their website.)
Alexandra Reeve-Givens spoke at the luncheon and said, “Sundance could not have picked four more energetic, enthusiastic, dynamic, inspiring women to profile on the show.” (Angela and Alexandra pictured above.)
Most importantly, if I had to describe the girls in one word, it would be FEARLESS. I’ve always admired when people possess this quality simply because it doesn’t come easy. Despite how society views them and their lives living with a disability, the Push Girls conquer challenges and break down barriers.
Push Girls reaffirms what our community members always say. Just because you are a wheelchair user, doesn’t mean life stops. Angela, Auti, Mia, and Tiphany are symbolic of the message of the title of their show. They are pushing through life, pushing beyond any obstacle, pushing to spread awareness and educate the masses. (Tiphany, Angela, Alexandra, Auti, and Mia, pictured at left.)
“This is not a TV show about paralysis," said Alexandra. "This is a show about four friends who happen to have paralysis. And that’s the entire point. It’s not only good TV, but it is important TV as well.”
My biggest hope for this show is that the buzz catches on well beyond the disability community, that the general public sees exactly what Alexandra says. Breaking the divide between able-bodied and those living with disability, Push Girls is an iconic milestone of building a movement and rallying with the community.
One could watch the show and wonder besides their everyday lives, what is so special about these girls? They are advocates. And for that, I believe Christopher and Dana would be proud.
Check out the show for yourselves! Watch Push Girls on the Sundance Channel, Mondays at 10pm (ET.) Episode one and a video of "Push Girls Take New York," a wheelchair dance featuring the girls is available on their website.
(PS: Have you watched the show? Tell us what you think!)
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