K.Shantel Electronic Press Kit


Karneshia Shantel, best known as K.Shantel, is a model and disability influencer hailing from Senatobia, Mississippi that has taken the runway by storm in what she considers both her best friend and her worst enemy - her infamous purple wheelchair. K. Shantel has had a love-hate relationship with her chair since the age of three after an early diagnosis of spina bifida. Spina bifida is a birth defect in which an infant's spine is underdeveloped that caused her to not have use of her legs. Nonetheless, she is defying the odds by showing the world that you don't have to be of a certain build, height, or even have the ability to walk in order to strut your stuff down the runway. She believes the standard of beauty should not be confined to one category but instead show inclusiveness of people from all walks of life -- no pun intended.

In addition to modeling, K.Shantel is an entrepreneur and licensed nail technician that runs a successful nail business, Shantelz Nailz! With an ever-growing clientele, this beauty beast hopes to inspire others with disabilities and help to bridge the gap in disability representation in mainstream media. K.Shantel has also been busy preparing to debut a vlog series titled KlawTalk", in which she will interview uprising talent in Birmingham, AL and surrounding cities while providing them with nail services. Her story of resilience to live her life out to the fullest is the ultimate inspiration! There's nothing she can't do once she set her mind to it, and she wants to share one message with the world: YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

The Mission

What's K.Shantel's big "WHY?" She states, "Inclusion matters. We don't get the exposure we should have in the beauty industry, entertainment industry or any of those avenues. It shows that we're not interested or we don't exist," K.Shantel said. "Exposure is the goal I am trying to reach and for people to see that we are out here, too. It's important for me because I know others who have the same dream or goal. I want them to see that it can be done." She plans to not only show that it can be done, but also create an avenue of modeling that can be profitable for herself as well as other models with disabilities.

Ms. Wheelchair Alabama 2020

K.Shantel recently won the Huntsville's Ms. Wheelchair Alabama 2020 competition! The mission of Ms. Wheelchair Alabama America is to provide an opportunity of achievement for women who happen to be wheelchair users to successfully educate and advocate for the more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, Ms. Wheelchair America is not a contest to select the most attractive individual. It is instead a competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation to select the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for persons with disabilities.

K.Shantel with her parents. (Huntsville Jan. 25, 2020)
Ms. Wheelchair Alabama 2020