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Amputee Models Making Waves in the Fashion Industry

Written by: Iris

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Walking strikingly down the runway. The crisp look of those contoured, poker faces. Statuesque. An all dolled-up, arresting gaze.

A lot of individuals’ ambition is to break into the modeling industry, especially for those who are remarkably confident in carrying themselves with creativity and good taste. These are the people who eat, drink and breathe fashion, aiming to form a career path, where they can express their passion for a living. Dressed with those skillfully designed clothes, while donning accessories that reflect the latest trends and eccentric styles beautifully, the glamour of the fashion world is just too hard to resist. So, are you a fan of Australia's Next Top Model and Fashion TV, swooning over the stylish clothes paraded by size 0, long-legged fashion models? Do you regularly pose with your OOTD and makeup of the day, sharing them on your social media pages, proudly giggling from the positive feedbacks from those who appreciate your beauty? Do you believe that you can tell a message to the whole world thru a stunning shot of yours and by mere strutting on the catwalk in a self-assured manner? And, after all of the yes-es to the above questions, you've just realized that it will never ever materialize because of your being an amputee. If you feel like all you can do is dream because of your disability- think again. These beautiful fashion models who are all amputees have proven that if you really have what it takes to become a model, the fashion industry is willing to welcome you, and embrace who you are.



 Image Source:  Aimee Mullins (April 2009) by Rubenstein and can be reused under the CC BY license. 

“Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It’s much sexier than any body part.” – Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins is born without fibula bones, which led to the amputation of her legs below the knee when she was only one year old. She is a recognized fashion model, an actress and an athlete.



"Perhaps my arm has given me a "life is too short" attitude, but I felt there had to be more to it." – Kelly Knox

Kelly Knox was born with no left forearm. She is UK's leading disabled model, speaker, ambassador and an advocate for fashion diversity.




"Why can't people with disabilities, people like me, be beautiful and model?" - Karen Crespo

Karen Crespo contracted bacterial meningitis in 2011, which led to the amputation of her arms and legs, and causing her to suffer 2 episodes of heart attacks. She is the first quadruple amputee to walk the New York Fashion Week runway.




"My dream is to be seen as a good model, not a sob story" - Jack Eyers

Jack Eyers was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency, a rare condition that prevented his right leg from developing. When he was 16, he decided to have it amputated. He is a successful fashion model and fitness trainer.




“Life gets hard. You’re going to have your ups and your downs. When you’re stuck in your downs, you just have to keep working, you have to climb up that hill and keep pushing. It’s only going to feel much more satisfying knowing you got there. Try to keep positive, keep your head up and work towards making your life better. It will happen no matter if it takes a day, a week or a year it always get better...” - Chris van Etten

Former Marine Lance Corporal Chris van Etten was critically injured and lost both of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan. He is the face of Baskit underwear and aims to become a certified personal trainer to help the persons with disability to exercise and workout safely.


It is truly amazing how the fashion industry continually support people with disabilities by showcasing them in an area that was once limited to the able people alone. Thanks to this development, the whole world eventually has come to a realization that a disability is not a hindrance in displaying the wide variety of trends in the field of fashion.

It's apparent that these models do not only stand for the persons with disabilities who comprise a large percentage of the fashion and beauty consumers, but they express what real beauty, strength and prowess are all about. They have made a difference by symbolizing the powerful virtues of a person- a character that each of us should emulate, to be able to survive in this crazy world. They inspire everyone, with or without a disability, that whatever kind of hardship you have or you’re in, with hard work and dedication, you will definitely go places.

Pursuing an artistic path by representing the people with disability in general, these successful fashion models are also able to embody art by breaking barriers triumphantly. This only goes to show that, when different worlds collide, the outcome is an exceptionally inspirational and marvelous work of art.


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*Primary Image Source: Nissor thru Pixabay and can be reused under the CC BY license.