There’s an important difference and distinction between the objective medical fact of my being an amputee and the subjective societal opinion of whether or not I’m disabled. Truthfully, the only real and consistent disability I’ve had to confront is the world ever thinking that I could be described by those definitions.
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|Profession:||Actress, Athlete, Model|
Aimee Mullins is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs and has become one of the most prominent thinkers on the topic of prosthetic innovation. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early stage. She is in demand around the world to make appearances as a speaker on topics of body, identity, design, and innovation. As a young softball player, she once held the youth league record for stolen bases in softball. Mullins competed in the Paralympics in 1996 in Atlanta, in which she ran the T42-46 class 100-meter sprint in 12.88 seconds and jumped 5.14 meters in the F42-46 class long-jump. Before retiring from competitive track and field in 1998, she had set World Records in the 100 m, 200 m and the long jump. In 1998, she launched her career as a successful model by starting on the runway. In 2002, she starred in Matthew Barney's iconic art film Cremaster 3 as six different characters, most memorably a cheetah woman.
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