When Push Girls premiered on the Sundance Channel last summer, we were introduced to Tiphany Adams, a 27-year-old survivor of a car crash that put her in a wheelchair. Tiphany and her co-star friends showed viewers how they live normal lives — or as normal as being beautiful women living in Los Angeles can be. Tiphany was also dating both men and women on Season One, and when Season Two premieres tonight on Sundance, you’ll see she’s very single and very interested in mingling with a girl she meets at the bar.
“There are some surprises in store,” Tiphany said. “And yeah, you’ll certainly get to see some surprises in that department!”
But Tiphany doesn’t say if she’s going to be dating any men on this season, as previews only seem to highlight her seeing the specific girl she meets in tonight’s episode, where she was at the Palms for a friend’s event.
“This is the thing: I don’t label my sexuality. It’s very hard to say — to categorize it, and I’m definitely still attracted to the human race,” Tiphany said. “It’s one of those things: There are way too many beautiful people in the world. I don’t like to limit myself.”
But since she’s been on the show, Tiphany has been loved by the LGBT community and she has a strong social media following from fans of all kinds.
“I was asked by someone if [not labeling myself] was something that would make the community upset, and I said no,” Tiphany said. “I think the LGBT community is an amazing community that embraces love, peace and equality as a whole and I’ve only felt that from the community so I’m so grateful for it.”
Outside of dating, Tiphany is also moving into a new place on her own, and it has a lot of stairs that she might have to navigate in the event that the elevator stops working.
“Moving tends to be a hobby for me,” Tiphany said. “It’s an expensive habit. But it’s great, I love it. In L.A. it’s the first time I’ve lived without roommates so that was awesome.” And as for having to figure out how to get down the stairs in her chair? She’s used to it. “I’ve never lived in a first floor apartment.”
Tiphany said the only self-revelation she had after watching Season One was that “sometimes I can cuss like a sailor,” but otherwise she didn’t feel like there was anything she needed to change about herself when the cameras returned to capture her life for Season Two. “I’m always me,” Tiphany said. “This is me — you accept it or you reject it, that’s just how you look at it.”
One of the issues the Push Girls address on the show is the amount of attention they get when they are out in public. When Tiphany meets a girl on tonight’s episode that also gets similar stares, she says she doesn’t mind the onlookers. That’s just something she’s learned to embrace throughout her life.
“In the beginning it was like ‘Oh my god, everyone’s staring!’ and I was used to seeing people staring for different reasons, like ‘Oh they like the sway of my hips.’ Now it’s like ‘What do they like — the push of my wheels?'” Tiphany said. “So it took a little time but immediately after my accident I started wearing wigs and I was going to like raves and I had glow sticks all throughout my chair. I was very flamboyant. Like if people are going to stare, let’s give them something to stare at. I embrace it, and now I just embrace it more in a graceful manner. Now I have gold rims.”
This season will also see Tiphany having an emotional moment at a Disabilities Expo where she tries out a standing wheelchair and gets teary-eyed. Although she has the ability to stand at home to build her upper-body strength, Tiphany said it was different to be doing so with people around her.
“My home, I’m very private and particular about who I invite into my house but that’s just how I was raised,” Tiphany said. “So when I stood up in that stand-up chair, it was cool. I stood up and kind of realized, ‘Oh my god.’ It made me get emotional because it made me see everyone in the public, standing. I think I was drifting on a memory of what it was like to stand and walk again.”
Previews for the season also indicate that Tiphany will try to track down a lost family member, and she’s also dealing with some friend drama when Chelsie and Auti have a falling out over their competing dance crews. Tiphany tries to help smooth over the situation, having conversations with both women and attempting to keep things civil.
“I was just kind of trying to help them to see, both sides of the spectrum. I’m kind of like a counselor, really. I tend to play this role in life in general,” she said. “I did go to school as a teacher and as a fitness trainer and I tend to play that role quite often.”
Tiphany still has a strong passion for fitness and fans who follow her on Instagram and Twitter will see her frequently posting photos from the gym.
“I’m always on the go go go go,” Tiphany said. “I want people to feel like they are actually a part of what’s going on in my life. Yeah I’m on a show but I want people to see even more personal inside look. I am kind of a total goofball but I do love working out and this is something I’ve kind of always been into, even when I was walking. I used to have really muscular legs, I was on the drill team for a little bit. I always wanted to be a gymnast, honestly. I made a monkey bar out of a willow tree branch.”
Tiphany said she is frequently stopped by people who don’t even watch the show and are just inspired by her doing things that are part of her everyday routine.
“So many people that approach me express something they’ve been going through. [They say] just seeing me at the gym or seeing me get out of the car or getting gas, it’s really pretty bad ass. [They say] ‘thank you.’ It’s like ‘No, thank you. If I encourage you, it encourages me.’ That’s what makes my day worth it — each and every single day — that I can help someone else’s life for the better.”
But the show has only given Tiphany more of these interactions and inspired more and more people to want to follow her and the other Push Girls on their journey.
“This show has been a gift for all of us and the opportunity to empower the lives of others just by sharing our own personal stories,” Tiphany said “This has been a catalyst for all of us so it definitely strengthens us, for sure.”
And if viewers can take away anything from her dating life on the show, Tiphany hopes it’s that the idea that all humans deserve human rights.
“For all of humanity, whether you’re gay, bi, transgender, pansexual — whatever it is, it’s for human rights. We all deserve the same thing,” she said. “You don’t have to be an animal to support animal rights. You don’t have to be gay, bi or transgender to support those rights.”
Push Girls airs Mondays on the Sundance Channel.