The stretchier, the better: Pants for people in wheelchairs

A Kentucky woman has designed a pair of pants that are both functional and fashionable for people in wheelchairs.

Heidi McKenzie was in a car accident and became paralyzed from the chest down. She’s adapted many things in her live to her new lifestyle but was having a hard time finding pants.

McKenzie needed a pair of pants that were high enough in the back, comfortable around the waist and still looked good.

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She was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky in 2011 and went on to compete in Ms. Wheelchair America. While at the contest, McKenzie found many other women who shared her desire to find a good pair of pants.

She created the startup company Alter UR Ego. She designed a pair of pants that feature large pockets on the thighs, a higher and elastic waistband, tummy control panel, pull straps and a catheter opening. They will be available for men and women.

In order for the pants to make it to production, McKenzie needs to raise the money. She has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funding.

The project has until August 29th to raise $20,000. If funded, the pants should be available in October.

McKenzie hopes to create a full line of clothing for people in wheelchairs.