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Pernelle from Paris!

Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!

I'm Pernelle Marcon , I am a woman and have been living with a disability since I was 7 year old. I don't identify as my disability, but it is a part of me. I had a meningitis which took part of my hands and legs. But I still enjoy the same things (sports, arts and politics). I fight for my dreams and I am proud to represent "difference" when I am modelling.

Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it

Recently I began to modelling professionally, I also give studying sociology because I want to improve the relations and treatment between medical workers and patients.

Q3) What makes you feel courageous?

Sport, it empowers me, but since I am disabled, I have a lot to work (adapting) to do it. I have been surfing and kite surfing since two years and it is amazing - am also a regular swimmer (easier access!).

Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?

Do not follow the majority's advice, you have the right to feel and need something different. Keep saying what you believe loud and clear. Take care of yourself.

Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?

You have the right to be discouraged by your environment, its hard for people with disabilities. But you can choose people around you to feel more confident, and you're courage will come out. Find the inspiring role models around you,as humans are stronger in groups. Try to find your empowering activities and enjoy!

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