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The Pretty Face of Transhumanism



Aimee Mullins (born July 20, 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) 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. Early life

Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia(missing fibula bones) and as a result, had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was one year old. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early age. Also while at Georgetown, Mullins won a place on the Foreign Affairs internship program, working at The Pentagon. She is in demand around the world to make appearances as a speaker on topics of body, identity, design, and innovation. Her TED conference talks are amongst the most-viewed of all time and have been translated into 42 languages. She is credited as being one of the speakers that inspired Chris Anderson to purchase the TED conference from Richard Saul Wurman.[1] She was named a TED "All-Star" in 2014.[2] With her paternal family in County Clare, she is a first generation Irish-American and holds citizenship in both the United States andIreland.[citation needed] Career

Sport

As a young softball player, she once held the youth league record for stolen bases insoftball. She also raced in downhill skiing while in high school. While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship to the prestigious School of Foreign Service there, she competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field events, and is the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. She was the first person in the world on the "Cheetah" carbon-fibre sprinting legs, and made that design iconic through her extensive global press coverage. She is widely regarded around the world as a sports pioneer, and was elected to represent all American female athletes from 2007-2009 as President of the Women's Sports Foundation, founded by fellow sports pioneer Billie Jean King.

Sports Illustrated magazine named her one of the "Coolest Girls in Sports". Mullins competed in the Paralympics in 1996 in Atlanta, in which she ran the T42-46 class 100-meter sprint in 17.01 seconds[3] and jumped 3.14 meters in the F42-46 class long-jump.[4] Mullins retired from competitive track and field in 1998.

Honoring her achievement and cultural contribution to sport, Mullins is included as one of the "Greatest Women of the 20th Century" in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas. Along with Teresa Edwards, Mullins was appointed Chef de Mission for the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics and2012 Summer Paralympics in London.[5] This role as "leader of the U.S. delegation" is considered to be the greatest honor bestowed on an American by the United States Olympic Committee. In 2012, she was appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the State Department's Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports, according to a State Department fact sheet.[6] Fashion model

In 1999, she launched her career as a successful model by starting on the runway. She modelled for British fashion designer Alexander McQueen by opening his London show, on a pair of hand-carved wooden prosthetic legs made from solid ash, with integral boots. She continued to be one of his muses until his death in 2010. She is able to change her height between 5 ft 8in and 6 ft 1in by changing her legs.[7] She has been named one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world by People.[8][9] Mullins has been photographed by many notable photographers, including Nick Knight,Steven Klein, Bruce Weber, Walter Chin, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Ellen von Unwerth. Her iconic cover of Dazed & Confused magazine, in 1998,[10] led to features in fashion magazine staples likeHarper's Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, i-D, Another,Numero, and Garage Magazine.[11] She was on billboards across America as part of the "25 Years of Non-Uniform Thinking" campaignKenneth Cole in 2009.[12] She signed a major global contract to be a face of L'Oréal Parisand was appointed as a global L'OréalAmbassador in February 2011.[13] She joined fellow ambassadors Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé,Diane Keaton, Milla Jovovich, Claudia Schiffer,Laetitia Casta, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, and Rachel Weisz.

Actress

In 2002, she starred in Matthew Barney's iconic art film Cremaster 3 as six different characters, most memorably a cheetah woman (the Entered Novitiate and Oonagh MacCumhail). Other film and TV credits include Oliver Stone's World Trade Center. She continues her collaboration with Matthew Barney by starring as Isis in performances both live and filmed since 2007, with a rumoured release sometime time in early 2014.

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