Invited to a screening of Push Girls, the new reality show premiering on Sundance Channel tonight, I knew it would be right up my alley. A story about four diva-licious women living in Los Angeles searching for love, life ΓÇô the pursuit of happiness? I can totally relate. Except for one major difference: these women are a pursuing theirs from the seat of a wheelchair.
Angela, Tiphany and Auti lost use of their lower extremities after car accidents; Mia suffered a disease that severed her cord. Navigating through every day life, they have the basic ordeals we all have: Should I marry my boyfriend, have a baby, make a change in my career? And then there are those things you never think about, like having to worry about round-the-clock homecare, a challenge for former model Angela. Once married to 21 Jump Street star Dustin Nguyen, the newly single gal, who also lost mobility in her upper body after her accident, deals with mortgage payments and resuming her modeling career ΓÇô from the chair.
Every foursome has to have their one with a Samantha-esque sex-drive, that would be Tiphany, who loves to be in love (it doesn’t matter which gender). As the young one in the bunch, it’s easy to see her relationship meter is still set to na├»ve. IΓÇÖm pretty certain we’ll see her making a lot of bad decisions that she’ll ultimately ΓÇô hopefully ΓÇô learn from. None of the girls shy away from the complexities they deal with living life in a wheelchair; nor do they ask for anyone to pity them or make them a role model.
After the screening, I asked the stars my standard beauty/style question: what’s your favorite accessory? “Our wheelchair,” they replied.
Catch Push Girls Monday, June 4 at 10 p.m. on Sundance.