The Model with a Story

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Look at this woman, beautiful isn’t she?

This woman is Aimee Mullins: a model, actress and athlete. Behind that beautiful face is an even more beautiful story.

This is a picture of Aimee Mullins from head to toe:

Aimee Mullins is a double amputee.

Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. From an early age, she has learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run — competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics.

At Georgetown University, Aimee double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.

After school, Mullins did some modeling — including a legendary runway show for Alexander McQueen — and then turned to acting.

Aimee has also spoken on multiple occasions on TED Talks – the very famous speakers forum devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. One one of these talks, this is what she had to say:

“I think that the only true disability is a crushed spirit, a spirit that’s been crushed doesn’t have hope, it doesn’t see beauty, it no longer has our natural, childlike curiosity and our innate ability to imagine. If instead, we can bolster a human spirit to keep hope, to see beauty in themselves and others, to be curious and imaginative, then we are truly using our power well. When a spirit has those qualities, we are able to create new realities and new ways of being.”

-A Garlic Man

Special thanks to TED Talks: http://www.ted.com/speakers/aimee_mullins.html