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Aimee Mullins has built a career as an athlete, model, actor and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics. She was born without fibular bones and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run.
She competed at national and international levels and set World Records at the 1996 Atlanta Games. As one of three students chosen for a full academic scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense, she became the youngest person to hold a top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon at age 17.
After being featured in Life and Sports Illustrated for Women, she began speaking at international design conferences. This introduction to a discourse relating to aesthetic principles fueled her interest in issues relating to body image, and how fashion advertising impacted societal notions of femininity and beauty.
Over the last decade, she has been the muse of such artists as Alexander McQueen and Matthew Barney. She was named as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." In February 2011, she was named as the new Global Brand Ambassador to the world's largest beauty brand L’Oreal Paris, another cultural milestone.
She is also a passionate advocate for a new kind of thinking about "disability". Her achievements have put her among the "Greatest American Women of the 20th Century" as honored by the American Women's Museum.