Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Beautiful Conversation

What does a beautiful woman have to look like?

What is a sexy body?

Interestingly, from an identity standpoint, what does it mean to have a disability?  Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do—nobody calls her disabled!

These questions came from the mouth of one of my new favorite people—Aimee Mullins.  Aimee was born without either of her fibula bones, so she had both legs amputated below the knee at age one to give her the greatest amount of mobility.  Since then, she’s gone on to become a collegiate athlete, Para Olympian, and fashion model.  What she has to say about the collision of beauty and disability is so thought provoking that I would like to share it with you.  Please take 10 minutes to watch this video and see how Aimee is redefining our concept of beauty.

Over the course of the summer, I want to explore the beauty that is to be revealed within the experience of disability and human limitation.  I would love for you to join this conversation! “Attend” this event on Facebook, follow me on Twitter @Bibliophile84, or follow The Walk via e-mail.


  1. She's amazing. She has an excellent talk on The Moth, check it out if you haven't yet.

    1. I haven't heard that talk. Can you share the link?

  2. Hi Jenny... I look forward to your posts. Your reference to Pamela Anderson is lost on me... she does not fit my definition of beauty. I don't know her and that is where my definition would begin.
    Being a photographer I see beauty in people more than I had before I ever started photographing them. It's a blessing.
    Best to you in your journaling/blogging journey.

  3. Bill,
    I love how associate beauty with knowing someone. I think that is so true! I'm curious, when you photograph people, what is the most compelling, their outward physical appearance, or their inner beauty, which I find takes a little longer to notice?