Disabled. What does that word mean? Aimee Mullins doesn’t feel disabled. Born without fibulae in both legs, Aimee was told she would never walk. Twenty years later, she had accomplished more than most people ever dream.
Academically, she had thrived, graduating high school with honors and becoming one of three students in the United States chosen for a full academic scholarship from the Department of Defense, as well as becoming the youngest person to hold top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon.
Athletically, Aimee flourished. While a student at the prestigious school of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, she became a member of Georgetown's nationally-ranked Division I track team and, using her prosthetic legs, was the first woman with a "disability" to compete in the NCAA. She went on to set world records in the 100 meter, 200 meter and long jump. A Life magazine profile of her at the Atlanta Paralympic games in 1996 sparked a frenzy over Aimee and her prototype sprinting legs, and soon she was walking the runway at fashion shows, acting in films and appearing in magazines throughout the world.
And yet, no matter how much Aimee achieved, she was followed by this word: disabled. It seemed that by labeling her, society was putting limitations on how she could look, think and feel, and marginalizing her value to the community.
It was time to change the conversation. Using her newfound exposure as a platform, Aimee explored our concepts of disability, beauty and opportunity. In the process, she has opened people’s eyes about their notions of humanity.
Today, Aimee is an influential voice in our culture. She has been named one of Esquire's "Women We Love," one of Jane magazine's "10 Gutsiest Women," one of Sports Illustrated's "Coolest Girls in Sport," and was celebrated as the "Hottest Muse" in Rolling Stone's annual Hot List. In addition, Aimee serves on numerous boards and spends much of her time assisting various nonprofit organizations, all while continuing to encourage new ways of thinking about how we can all embrace and accept our differences to create a better future.
To learn more about Aimee, please visit www.aimeemullins.com