King’s Lynn’s Jordan Bone on how she survived a devastating car accident to become a world-renowned beauty blogger
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A life-changing accident did not change Jordan Bone's outlook on life. The 27-year-old internet sensation has been on a remarkable journey since becoming paralysed from the chest down at 15, and now she is sharing her story to inspire hope in others.
In May 2005, Jordan Bone got into a car with her friends in what would be the last time she will ever walk. But she survived the horrific car accident, and this, she said, is what motivated her to live life to the fullest.
'I pushed myself further because of the accident. My life would be so different if it hadn't happened, I would be more independent, but I'd still be doing what I enjoy regardless of the accident,' said Miss Bone, 27, from King's Lynn.
She was just 15 when a car she was travelling in overturned on Castle Rising Road, near King's Lynn. She was left paralysed from the chest down with no use of her hands and facing being wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life. After battling with depression in the first few years after the accident, she found solace in guided meditation and decided to share her advice on YouTube.
Miss Bone said: 'After doing guided meditation I started to think I feel more positive now, I can help people. I started doing positive motivation type of videos, people then started to ask about my make up. I don't know why - it was terrible.'
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An idea was born and Jordan Bone quickly became an internet sensation. She has almost 200,000 YouTube subscribers and over 130,000 followers on Instagram.
'People complimented my make up and I decided to show people how I do it.' she said. 'It can be so empowering for me, it's something that felt impossible before. If I can do it, anyone can do it.'
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The beauty blogger has made several appearances on TV and has collaborated with big names for the All Worth It Campaign with L'Oreal and The Prince's Trust.
She hopes to break away from the widely held belief that people with disabilities are held back and to become more than the girl in a wheelchair.
Miss Bone said: 'Even in my journey, I am not just a girl in a wheelchair. You don't see a lot of them in the media, I hope I represent a lot of people.
'There are no girls doing make up with injuries, I used to think that isn't me, there wasn't anything I could relate to. I think if there was someone like me it would have been helpful for me after the accident.'
Now Miss Bone is reaching a wider audience with her new book, My Beautiful Struggle, where she opens up about her past and how she was able to cope with her disability.
Being a former journalism student at the College of West Anglia, Miss Bone said she has always wanted to write and enjoyed doing it. Living through past memories has been difficult, she said, but it is something that has helped her overcome depression and improve her mental wellbeing.
'At first it was hard looking back at my early life,' she said. 'There are things I'd forgotten about and I had to really dig deep and live through those words.
'I let that all out, it was quite therapeutic but it can be stressful at the same time going back to the past. It wasn't very nice to think about how I was, but I also think about how far I have come.'
On having to adjust her life in a wheelchair, she said: 'After the accident, I thought I couldn't do anything, it acts like your own prison. But people need to see the bigger picture, you're still breathing and you're still alive.
'There are difficulties but there is always a way round them. If you feel negative then more negatives things will happen to you.
'Some people don't want to talk about things like that, but going through the dark times is the best thing I did. People who feel trapped in situations can get out of them.'
Miss Bone said she has been overwhelmed by the response she's had from the book, which quickly became a hit online and was sold out on Amazon within hours of its release.
Even after 12 years in a wheelchair, Miss Bone still feels more can be done to help improve the lives of people with disabilities.
'It's generally fine, but a lot of people don't think about the little things. I went to a newly refurbished pub but outside there were steps, we had to leave because there was no ramp.
'I think anyone should be able to go outside and enjoy a drink. It's something very simple, it wouldn't cause that much hassle to make those changes.'
On her dreams for the future, she said: 'I just want to reach more people, I have a really nice relationship with my followers. You never know what could happen. I'd like to have my own make up line. You should aim high, if someone has done it you can do it.'