Model and Advocate for the Disabled, Tiphany Adams, on the Bella Petite Hour
The Bella Petite Hour (with Host Ann Lauren) will feature “Wheely Famous,” petite model Tiphany Adams. Tiphany is a living exhibition of courage and inspiration, and her story needs to be heard and shared around with world. In life, we all suffer great tragedies yielding loss and sacrifice, though some more than others have learned these life altering lessons. Inevitably it is not the good times that define who we are, but the tough times and the tragic moments. How we handle life’s curve balls and what we do when faced with insurmountable adversity is when we find out who we truly are, which determines our life’s purpose.
TIPHANY ADAMS STORY
This is a real life story about a beautiful young woman who lived against all odds, named Tiphany Adams. Imagine being seventeen, a senior in high school, and getting into a vehicle on a Sunday with two of your friends. You have your entire life ahead of you filled with hopes and dreams. Tiphany held aspirations of becoming a model and she realized the same difficulty all petite women do, such as clothing not properly fitting and being “too short” according to the industry height standards (she is a petite at 5’2”). Her senior project was based on designing clothes and participating in a fashion show.
LIFE CHANGING EVENTS
Most of us, teenagers and adults alike, cannot fathom life changing in an instant. What we do know is that we are not in control of keeping horrible things from happening to us. For instance, traveling down the street and having another vehicle speeding at you on the wrong side, smashing into your vehicle head on. At that moment four lives were lost.
The EMT’s on the scene of the accident had recorded four DOA’s . To their amazement Tiphany let out a sound from inside the wreckage. The claws of life were employed to pry her out of the mangled metal mess, and she was Medi-flighted to the hospital where surgeons immediately operated on her internal injuries. Afterwards she was in a coma and the family was given the prognosis that she had only a 5% chance of life.
One month later, Tiphany awoke from her coma. Her first thoughts, “what am I doing there, why are there all these flowers, balloons and teddy bears surrounding me?” It was really awkward she remembers. “Why are my legs tingling? I didn’t understand why they were so tingly and numb, and why I couldn’t move them the way that I wanted to. I also had a tube going through my nose, which turned out to be my feeding tube.”
“I didn’t understand, I was asking my dad what was going on with me… ‘Why am I here and why can’t I feel my legs?’ He said, ‘okay, let me show you where you’ve been staying for the past month…’ And when my dad said that, I was like ‘the past MONTH…? I’ve been here for a MONTH…? Is he serious!?’ So then he brings a wheelchair to the side of the bed and I ask him ‘what.. what… what is that for?’ He said ‘honey, you’re really sick right now…’” Tiphany starts to tear up, fearing what she already knew.
Her father explained her circumstances, telling Tiphany that she would never walk again. Tiphany, ever the optimist, didn’t give up on life. The miracle she was given, as a result of this accident was “life,” for which in her exact words she “feels blessed.”
DRUNK DRIVING KILLS
Unfortunately, this young woman’s life was changed by an act another individual did have control over. The lady in the oncoming car was driving drunk. She was one of the DOA’s, and it appears she got off easy for her crime. I will never comprehend how any individual can make decisions that have the potential to cause extreme harm and death to others. How self-absorbed and thoughtless is any human being to drive in that state? For more information on how to keep this from happening to someone you know, contact MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers) and SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers).
Tiphany is truly an inspiration to us all, telling me in our interview, “ I feel it is my God given purpose to become the story told that after tragedy lies hope and promise of brighter days. I love being able to inspire and motivate individual’s. It’s my life’s purpose. I look forward to my future because I have the capability to make a difference in society. I look forward to the day I will become well-known and successful in all my entertainment endeavors.”
Despite life’s challenges Tiphany has already beaten the odds. We have no doubt this young woman will succeed in her endeavors. Tiphany is more than a pretty face. Her positive influence, contagious motivation and her “never say quit” attitude, should inspire us all to pursue achieving our life’s goals. The only way to fail in life is by not trying to succeed. Whether you know what your goals are, or you are searching for your purpose, just know that life has a way of pointing us in the right direction. Take note, pay attention to the signs and know that nothing in life is a coincidence, everything happens for a reason.
The Tuesday, January 26th podcast available here on Bella Petite.com with special guest model, advocate for rights for individuals with disabilities, Tiphany Adams. She will share her story with us and tell us how she’s making a difference in people’s lives with her charitable efforts and spreading the message against drunk driving, as well as discuss her new career aspirations.
Also, joining us on the show will be Bella Petite’s head of Director of Production, Emmy award winning producer Christopher Toyne. We will explore what opportunities are available for disabled individuals in the entertainment and modeling industry. If you have any questions or comments for our guests, please leave them here and we will discuss them on the show.
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