A paralyzed Finnish woman says she dresses up every day like Barbie and Britney Spears to inspire others with spinal cord traumata and to cope with her physical difference.
Both the doll and the vocalist are my idols and helped me through some of my darkest times, Jasmin Britney told Metro.co.uk. Now Im dedicating my life to looking like them.
The news website reported that Britney became a quadriplegic, or paralyzed below her neck, at age 9, in March 1998, when she got hit by a car while intersecting the street. The driver had been texting, she said. Today, spends upwards of three hours a day having her makeup done to resemble the popular doll and singer.
Britneys injury has required utilizing a breathing tube and a wheelchair, and she receives around-the-clock care.
Having people do my own makeup and hair is a pleasure because thats how I feel things its the only part of my body that can acknowledge touch, she told Metro.co.uk. But its frustrate too because I can never be the one who fixings the eye shadow or fixes the fake lashes. It is always someone else who is required to do it.
She told Metro.co.uk that she expends about $11,300 annually including more than $500 on each pair of shoes on flashy clothes and makeup to look like her idols. Its unclear whether she has get cosmetic surgery, or whether Britney was her last name at birth as it matches the moniker of one of her idols.