Amazing Beauty - Aimee Mullins

Every year we give a very special award (Amazing Beauty Award) to a woman that is remarkable in some way.

This year’s Amazing Beauty is Aimee Mullins – a woman that is beautiful inside-out and a woman that had changed this world for better.

Aimee is a beautiful American athlete, actress, motivational speaker, and model who first became known for her athletic accomplishments despite the fact that she doesn’t have lower legs!

Both of Aimee’s lower legs were amputated when she was only one year old due to the medical condition (fibular hemimelia) she was born with. However, that didn’t stop her from being fully functioning and having a great life while at the same time helping others to do the same.

Pushing The Limits: No Legs – No Problem!

By the age of two, Aimee learned to walk on the prosthetic legs and she spent her childhood and teenage years doing a variety of sports including: skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, biking, etc. 

She graduated from high school with honors and was awarded the full academic scholarship by the Department of Defense. 

While in college, Aimee discovered her passion for competitive sports and became the first amputee in history to compete against able-bodied athletes in track and field events. 

However, “just” competing was not enough for this amazing young woman, so she set the World Records in the 100 m sprint, 200 m sprint, and the long jump at the 1996 Paralympics.

Catwalk?! – Why Not!

In 1998 Aimee launched her successful modeling career as the runway model, but the thing that was most fascinating is that nobody noticed she had prosthetic legs. She modeled for a number of world famous fashion brands and in 2011 she was named as Global Brand Ambassador of L’Oreal Paris.

Awards and Honours: (Just to name a few)

  • 1998 - Special Achievement Award, National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation
  • 1999- Named one of "The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People Magazine
  • 2000 - Received honorary PhD, Doctor of Humane Letters, from St. John Fisher College
  • 2000 - Included as one of the "Greatest Women of the 20th Century" in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas.
  • 2001 - Named as one of Sports Illustrated's "Coolest Girls In Sports"
  • 2004 – She was inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame
  • 2009 - Gold Medal of the Italian Republic
  • 2012 - Named as a Young Global Leader, Class of 2012 by the World Economic Forum
  • 2012 - Named by Secretary Clinton to the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports

And so on…

Aimee Mullins has thought us a very important life lesson: you don’t need legs to run and you don’t need wings to fly as long as you have the will to overcome your obstacles. 

Always remember that true beauty comes from within.