Monday, June 11, 2007

Beauty and prosthetics

I cannot imagine how it feels to deal with the loss of an appendage, and how that alters the image a person might have of their own body. It must be one of the most difficult challenges a person can face in the way it impacts them in day-to-day life. But, there are those that have taken this taboo topic and really shown beauty is more than just skin and bones. It gets me thinking. Is trying to hide the issue actually causing the insecurity? Does amputation amplify preexisting insecurities and provide something to blame for one's poor self-image? We've become so used to trying to cover up our blemishes with a never-ending contortionist's game of makeup, surgery, and fads that maybe just being 'real' is refreshing.


Gizmodo and MedGadget have featured Lisa Bufano's dance stylings this past week (pictured above, video at Gizmodo), but I thought I would also point to some photos of the beautiful Aimee Mullins (pictured below). Do a quick Google image search for some of her racing and fashion pictures, and prepare to be awestruck!

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