Photo and retouching by James Alexander Lyon courtesy of Model of Diversity

Photo and retouching by James Alexander Lyon courtesy of Model of Diversity

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Mik Scarlet is like Billy Idol on wheels.

The leather-clad British journalist, actor, activist and TV presenter (“host” in the United States) with multi-colored spiky hair is also a synth-pop rocker, so the comparison — which he uses and often gets in public — certainly fits. But the punk aesthetic he confronts the world with also signals to his nondisabled countrymen that whoever they think a wheelchair user is supposed to be