+ F u l l - N a m e; Annabelle Lynn Banks
+ F C; Candice Swanepoel
+ A g e; 25
+ B i r t h d a y; May 9th
+ S t a t u s; Single straight
+ N i c k n a m e s; Anna
+ L i k e s;
- Listening to the beat of the music since she can’t hear the music itself
- Brother and dad
- She loves movies
+ D i s l i k e s;
- Her mom for leaving her
- When people talk too fast or don’t look at her when talking because she can’t read their lips
- Sometimes she does dislike being deaf and wishes she wasn’t.
- She hates being treated like she has a disability just because she is deaf
+ B i o;
You know those horrible heart wrenching stories where the mom dies and leaves behind a father, son and a little girl? Well Annabella ‘s mom didn’t die. Instead she chose to leave Anna, her older brother and her loving father. Why? Well Anna’s dad always reassured her that it wasn’t her fault and that it was because he and her mom were always fighting. But Anna is convinced that it is because she is deaf. That’s right. She is deaf.
Anna was born deaf and has never been able to hear music, people’s voices or even the sound of rushing water from a faucet; things we all take for granted. However she can read lips and talks well (because she took speech therapy as a kid), but she still uses American Sign Language. Anna functions perfectly well on her own while being deaf. For interviews, she brings a small machine that will record the interview for her, then when plugged into a computer will type it for her into Microsoft word.
Anna wants to someday find her mom and ask her why she left. Let her see the beautiful woman she has become and tell her that she missed out on sharing important memories in her life all because her mom didn’t think she was good enough.
Anna at first is a shy and quiet type of girl. She figures if she doesn’t make noise, she won’t get notice and therefore won’t get made fun of. But if you make her mad or insult her, she will have no problem taking you down a notch or two.
As a friend she is loyal, dedicated and supportive. She loves to laugh and is pretty funny too. She is outgoing and very goofy once you get into her inner circle of trust. She isn’t one to open up right away though, in fear of getting hurt.
+ J o b;
Journalist for The New York Times