3.6. Briana Walker - paraplegic model and wheelchair dancer
Model, hip-hop dancer, motivational speaker and author, Briana Walker is a California girl who did something amazing she got head deep in the world of modeling only a year after her injury. When she was 23, her entire world changed after she fainted while behind the wheel (becoming a T11-12 paraplegic as a result), but within a year she had found her niche in disabled modeling, and made the cover of Mobility Management Magazine.
One year after her accident Briana became the first female ever to be featured on the cover of Mobility Management magazine. Shortly thereafter Briana became the Krypto Girl for Colours Wheelchairs. Her images have now been used globally on buses and billboards to change the face of disability.
Briana now enjoys skydiving, surfing, snow skiing, wakeboarding, competing in triathlons, bungee jumping and most of all - dancing.
After meeting another Colours' model, Auti Angel, also a dancer and a pioneer in the hip hop world, Briana learned to transform her wheelchair into a dance prop, and they created one of the first ever wheelchair hip hop dance teams to take the national spotlight.
In 2007 Briana became the new spokesperson for Overstock.com. Her television commercials and print ads have been seen all around the world.
She is also an Ambassador for Life Rolls On and Ralph's Riders, non-profit organizations that exist to be a grassroots resource that provides hope and is an advocate on behalf of young people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury.