'They helped me through my darkest times': quadriplegic woman dedicates her life to looking like Barbie and Britney Spears

By Kirstin Buick
26 April 2016

“People may think it’s crazy that a quadriplegic wear high heels but why not, I want to look amazing.”

When she was just nine years old, Jasmin Britney was hit by a car.

Jasmin is paralysed from the chin down. PHOTO: Facebook Jasmin is paralysed from the chin down. PHOTO: Facebook

The tragic accident severed her spinal cord, leaving her paralysed from her chin down. But it was during this, her "darkest time", that the little girl found solace in her idols, Barbie and Britney Spears.

Now 26 years old, the young woman from Helsinki in Finland is dedicating her life to looking just like them.

Jasmin has spent around £10 000 (R210 967) in the last two years on make-up, hair styling, clothes and shoes. PHOTO: Facebook Jasmin has spent around £10 000 (R210 967) in the last two years on make-up, hair styling, clothes and shoes. PHOTO: Facebook

"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," the model, who has even changed her surname in honour of her favourite popstar, told Mail Online.

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"Both the doll and the singer are my idols and helped me through some of my darkest times now I'm dedicating my life to looking like them."

Because she has less muscle development in her arms and legs, she weighs just 36 kg. Because she has little muscle development in her arms and legs, she weighs just 36 kg. PHOTO: facebook.com/themardanpalace

The Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences student, who also enjoys dressing up as Disney characters, has spent around £10 000 (R210 000) in the last two years on make-up, hairstyling, clothes and shoes.

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"People may think it’s crazy that a quadriplegic wears high heels but why not, I want to look amazing."

Jasmine says all the money and energy she's devoted to her look is all worth it. "Tapping into my inner Barbie and fairytale princess characters gave me new confidence. I decided to take some pictures and post them online and the response was overwhelming.

Jasmine, who one day dreams of designing  her own shoes, refuses to believe she'll never walk again. PHOTO: Facebook Jasmine, who one day dreams of designing her own shoes, refuses to believe she'll never walk again. PHOTO: Facebook

"I was getting hundreds of likes and people complimenting me on my look and courage. I post my pictures online to inspire other people who have spinal injuries or live with debilitating conditions."

Because she has little muscle development in her arms and legs, she weighs just 36 kg. When she gets back from university every day, Jasmine says she's often too cold and tired to do anything.

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That's where her assistant Henriikka Emilia comes in, to help Jasmine with her daily tasks. She has helped the young lookalike for the past two years, and Jasmine says Henriikka is like a sister to her.

"It's Henriikka's job to help bathe me, change my tubes, help me go to the toilet and yes when I get my period help with that. That's my 'normal'," she explains.

Henriikka also helps Jasmine when she wants to dress up, which Jasmine says helps her feel beautiful again.

Jasmin now collects designer shoes including Christian Louboutins. PHOTO: Facebook Jasmin now collects designer shoes including Christian Louboutins.
PHOTO: Facebook

"Right after I got injured, I started to feel like I couldn't be attractive any more and the older I got, the more insecure I got about myself.

"The rational side of me understands that whether or not I can walk doesn't define me as a person and my paralysis doesn't make me less beautiful."

Jasmine, who one day dreams of designing  her own shoes, refuses to believe she'll never walk again.

"I've started collecting designer shoes including Christian Louboutins and have eight designer super high-heeled pairs. They are like Cinderella's glass slipper - symbolic to me that one day there'll be a breakthrough and I'll walk again."

Sources: facebook.com/jasmin.koskiranta, dailymail.co.uk, thesun.co.uk

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