Rachelle Friedman Chapman saw her life change forever when she was paralysed following a freak accident, but after five years of coming to terms with what happened, she has posed in underwear to show that people with disabilities can be sexy too.
She lost the use of her legs and any movement from her chest down after being pushed into a swimming pool during her hen do, suffering spinal chord damage, and five years on from the accident, she is now 29 years old and managed to not only welcome a child through an old college friend who agreed to be a surrogate for her and her husband, but also to overcome all the difficulties she has faced.
The big thing that I am self-conscious about is the catheter I have to wear all the time.
I have to accept it and I wanted to show people that just because you have this, just own it. It doesn’t have to be the focus of what you are, what you look like.
The photoshoot was shared on social media, using the hashtag #WhatMakesMeSexy, and has gone viral, with Rachelle claiming she hopes it will ‘inspire’ people to love themselves.