More than 150 years ago Lewis Carroll succeeded with "Alice in Wonderland" in creating a work that still inspires people today. Anyone who follows Michelle Rebane on Instagram knows how enthusiastic she is about the characters and the work of Carroll. On REHACARE.com she tells us what she wants to achieve herself, why she gets stopped by clichés and what she has to say about prejudices.
Name: Michelle Rebane Age: 31 City: near Münster, Germany Occupation: Staff Impairment: Sitting in a wheelchair since birth (due to medical errors), which does not prevent me from mastering my life as best I can - with ups and downs.
Michelle Rebane: Humorous people, animals, my cats
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Michelle Rebane: Tattoos are my great passion and my biggest dream is to be recognized as the first tattooed wheelchair model and to get into renowned and well-known magazines for commissions.
Why didn't I dare? Since the modeling industry is so overrun and ruled by clichés. Someone like me wouldn't even be noticed, so I didn't dare to apply yet.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Michelle Rebane: My mother. It didn't look good to me at birth: I had been reanimated three times, I had already been given up by the doctors. But the belief in me and the fact that she has not given up on me have awakened my fighter's heart.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Michelle Rebane: I would make all cities more accessible, including public transport. And I would involve people more in society.
The Cheshire Cat, the Hatter and the White Rabbit are the most famous characters from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". Many people even wear them on their skin. Michelle Rebane has also had her favourites tattooed.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Michelle Rebane: That the stereotyping and prejudice stops about us. It can affect anyone - no matter when, no matter where, no matter how.
I would like to be ...
Michelle Rebane: ... free from pain, healthy and being able walk normally.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Michelle Rebane: I will never get an answer to what I have been asking myself from an early age. Unfortunately, there is not always an answer to everything.
What I finally want to say...
Michelle Rebane: I am always available for such great interview, project or shooting requests. Because: Don't be ashamed of who you are.