Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Superhuman: The Future of Disabilities

Tonight is the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics in London

In 1998 a model that had no legs below her knees stepped onto the Alexander McQueen catwalk. Incredibly no one noticed, because the specially crafted beautiful carved ash wood boots she was wearing were designed to work in perfect harmony with her body.
This was the first time I had ever heard of Aimee Mullins, an incredible woman who has since that moment become a continual inspiration to me.
 At 17, the youngest person to hold a top secret clearance at the Pentagon, since then Athlete, Actress, Motivational Speaker and Model and some. If ever there was a Superwoman Aimee ticks all the boxes. So it's apt that the tide is turning on the perception of disabilities as it becomes a new opportunity challenging us to enhance the body to bring us ever closer to a bionic human race.  Prosthetic running legs are already in the realms of TRON and Blade Runner to me. Good riddance to fat calves and thick ankles and why not add a bit of that height you've always dreamed of? Who doesn't want legs that are inspired by the limbs of a cheetah, the fastest mammal on earth!
Watch the video of one of Aimees inspirational talks below. Theres not much that holds my attention for 10 mins these days but just start watching it and see.
and as Aimee rightly says "Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than me and no-one calls her disabled"

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