Fashionista on Wheels
Sometimes we are blessed with a beautiful face, but for whatever reason we can’t see it ourselves. This is exactly what happened to Brianna Scalesse, a T12 paraplegic and Trinity College sophomore from Hartford, Conn.
Injured when she was just 6 years old in a car accident that killed her mother and left her in her grandmother’s care, Scalesse had a hard time being different growing up. “I constantly daydreamed about waking up one day and being able to walk,” she says. But she didn’t let that unfulfilled daydream stop her.
As a little girl she had parties at her house for her and her girlfriends, creating her own social circle. She also embraced how she looked in her teens, skinny legs and all. “I thought that if I could walk, more boys would be interested in me and I would feel more beautiful,” she says. “But in college I realized confidence is 10 times more important than how you actually look.”
Much of her confidence comes from her experience with fashion. “All of the women in my family have a great sense of style, and I learned from them. I never wanted to be that person in a wheelchair who wore sweat pants because it was easier,” says Scalesse. “I’ve been picking out my next d