Aimee Mullins 1

I’ve said this before, but I believe more than ever that confidence is sexier than any body part.
Aimee Mullins

You know, I think there are certain words like ‘illegitimate’ that should not be used to describe a person. And certainly, we have come far enough in our technology that our language can evolve, because it has an impact.
Aimee Mullins

It’s factual to say I am a bilateral-below-the-knee amputee. I think it’s subjective opinion as to whether or not I am disabled because of that. That’s just me.
Aimee Mullins

Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do. Nobody calls her disabled.
Aimee Mullins

If we want to discover the full potential in our humanity, we need to celebrate those heartbreaking strengths and those glorious disabilities we all have. It is our humanity and all the potential within it that makes us beautiful.
Aimee Mullins

If you would ask me at 15 years old if I would have traded prosthetics for flesh and bone legs, I wouldn’t have hesitated for a second. I aspired to that kind of normalcy back then. But if you ask me today, I’m not so sure.
Aimee Mullins

The flesh and bone leg is just beautiful. It’s elegant. You know, when it’s working, it’s incredible. But if it’s not working, well, you know, your life is certainly far from over.
Aimee Mullins

It’s hard enough for women to walk on high heels. And I’m on stilts!
Aimee Mullins

Sure, I’d love to have children some day. But world domination comes first.
Aimee Mullins

I’m not running around as a continual ray of sunshine. It’s just I don’t believe in wasting time feeling sorry for myself. Get over it.
Aimee Mullins

I didn’t want to be written about as a human-interest story. I didn’t want to be a passing thing. You know, now we move on to the fat girl who had her stomach stapled. I didn’t want to become a gimmick: the disabled model.
Aimee Mullins

Beauty is not skin-deep; it can be a means of self-affirmation, a true indicator of personality and confidence.
Aimee Mullins

I like that Pilates compromises the mind and body. It’s not just about being able to run around the block a few times. It’s about alleviating stress and controlling breathing. It’s about being balanced.
Aimee Mullins

If you’re an athlete and you completely focus on the body, you’re missing other components. Similarly, if you’re trying to broaden your mind but not also being attentive to your sense of humour and your spirit, then you’re not going to grow and develop so fast.
Aimee Mullins

I hate the words ‘handicapped’ and ‘disabled’. They imply that you are less than whole. I don’t see myself that way at all.
Aimee Mullins

Part of the reason I wanted to model was to push the boundaries and challenge the perceptions of what a beautiful body is supposed to look like. Why should I feel any differently about looking good than anyone else?
Aimee Mullins

The legs that I have made are far more perfect than the ones nature would have given me – my mother’s side of the family have awful legs.
Aimee Mullins

If you watch any John Hughes film of the eighties, that was my childhood experience.
Aimee Mullins

When I’m curious about something, I do it full on and take it as far as I go, but when I feel like I’ve really explored it, I’m OK with putting it aside and going on to something else.
Aimee Mullins

I have learned not to overlook the advantages of being me. From when I was a softball player, and I held the stolen bases record. I would slide into second with my prostheses, and the girl on the base could either step aside or meet two wooden sticks.
Aimee Mullins

I was once told that I had become too confident and that it made me less likeable. Many successful people will get this at some point, because the people who haven’t followed a similar path can be threatened by someone who has and is unabashed about it.
Aimee Mullins

In sports, I refused to do any interviews that were just going to become human-interest stories. Don’t turn me into a tragic heroine.
Aimee Mullins

I grew up in a town with a great wrestling tradition. Then I was a team sport queen in high school; I played softball, volleyball, and soccer. Oh, and I also did ski racing.
Aimee Mullins

In athletics, the idea of possibility is presumed. It’s not ‘if;’ it’s ‘how.’
Aimee Mullins

Walking the runway with Alexander McQueen, I really had to dig deep. You’re with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. I was the first person out on the runway, but I thought, ‘I have done the Olympics, I can do this.’
Aimee Mullins

I’ll be giving a speech at the randomest place, like a bank or something, and a guy in a suit will say, ‘I’m totally freaked out that I’m talking to the girl from ‘Cremaster.’ For the rest of my life, that movie will be playing in a museum somewhere. I never could have expected that huge response.
Aimee Mullins

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