WORDS BY KIRSTIN CUTHBERT | HAIR AND MAKE UP BY LISA LEE | PHOTOS BY DALLAS OLSEN
ALICIA BUSH HAS LOOKED TO OXYGEN FOR INSPIRATION FOR AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER, BUT WHEN THE IDEA OF ENTERING THE 2015 COVER MODEL COMPETITION CAME UP, SHE WAS FLOODED WITH SELF-DOUBT. AFTER HER INITIAL HESITATION PASSED, ALICIA THOUGHT TO HERSELF 'WHY NOT ME?’ WE COULDN’T BE MORE THANKFUL SHE DID. FIT AND HEALTHY, WITH AN INCREDIBLE STORY OF DEFYING THE ODDS, ALICIA BUSH IS THE TOTAL OXYGIRL PACKAGE.
Before Alicia started training she was your average young girl – carefree, outgoing and bubbly.
“I was only concerned with what was going on around me. I was focused on being social and was not concerned about my health. I was all for living in the moment and didn’t take life too seriously,” she says.
When she was just 17 years old, Alicia was involved in a life-changing car accident. Shattering her pelvis and severely injuring her back and neck, she found herself bed ridden for months. After she was given the all-clear to start weight bearing, she began the long road to recovery. With little to no muscle or strength in her lower limbs, Alicia was left feeling depressed and helpless.
She began an intense aqua therapy program, followed by close to six months of weekly appointments with a physiotherapist, chiropractor and massage therapist to rebuild strength and eliminate pain. It was also determined she had severe scoliosis, a drastic anterior pelvic tilt as her cervical spine curved the complete opposite way. But Alicia refused to give up.
“I promised myself that I would never let myself feel as helpless and weak as I did then and that I would do whatever possible to make sure I was never in that spot again,” she says.
Through her rehabilitation, Alicia started to see changes in her body. She began building strength and the pain slowly diminished. It was here that her passion for training and feeling fit and healthy was born.
“It look me years to rebuild muscle strength and stability to where it was before the car accident, but I did it. I made excellent progress and with that I decided I’d never take my body for granted again and I wanted to become as fit as possible,” she says.
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