My left hand was missing when I was born. So growing up I had to deal with being different. And I never once saw someone like me! Not on the streets, not on tv, not in my books, not anywhere… Quite hard for a young girl growing up.


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So when my sister started doing photography, I got into modeling. At first it started out just being fun, and helping my sister practice her photography. But after a while it started to turn into a mission! I never had a role model, and there are so many young girls growing up being different. So I wanted to become the role model I never had.

And so I started modeling just about anywhere. I’ve been on covers of magazines, in bridal editorials and in beauty shoots. And it’s been great! I get a lot of feedback from girls who were born missing a hand saying they are now proud to show off their arms too. And that’s amazing to hear! To help girls change their attitude towards themselves, to love every inch of themselves.

My dreams are still a lot bigger than this. I hope one day it will be normal for girls in wheelchairs to be cast as the pretty girl in a tv show or a movie, and for girls with one leg to be models in Vogue’s fashion report, so there’s still a long way to go. But… I’m already proud of where we’re going!

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It took me a while to be this comfortable with my disability

My left hand was missing when I was born. So growing up I had to deal with being different

When my sister started doing photography, I got into modeling

After a while it started to turn into a mission! I never had a role model, and there are so many young girls growing up being different

So I wanted to become the role model I never had