About Aimee Mullins
Aimee first received worldwide media attention as an athlete. Born without fibulae in both legs, Aimee's medical prognosis was bleak. She was told that she would never walk and would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. In an attempt for an outside chance at independent mobility, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee on her first birthday. By age two, Aimee had learned to walk on prosthetic legs, and spent her childhood swimming, biking, skiing, and playing softball and soccer.
After graduating high school with honors, Aimee was one of three students in the U.S. chosen for a full academic scholarship from the Department of Defense, and at age 17 became the youngest person to hold a top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon. She worked there as an Intelligence Analyst during her summer breaks.
It was at this time that she rediscovered her love of competitive sports. At Georgetown University, she became the first woman with a disability to compete in the NCAA. She also competed in the Paralympics in 1996 in Atlanta and went on to set World Records in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump using woven carbon-fiber prostheses modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah.
After a profile in Life magazine showcased her in the starting blocks at Atlanta, the world took notice. Aimee landed a 10-page feature in the inaugural issue of Sports Illustrated for Women, which led to her accepting numerous invitations to speak at international design conferences. She became interested in issues relating to body image and how fashion advertising impacted standard notions of femininity and beauty.
In 1999, Aimee made her runway debut in London at the invitation of celebrated fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Making her mark in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Glamour, and Elle, she was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World."
Aimee has also seen the film world open up to her. She was recognized for her performance in the film Cremaster 3 by acclaimed contemporary artist Matthew Barney in 2003, and she continues her film work with him in their current collaboration Ancient Evenings, an adaptation of the Norman Mailer novel, in which she stars as “Isis.”
An influential voice in today's culture, she has been named as one of Esquire's "Women We Love," one of Jane magazine's "10 Gutsiest Women," one of Sports Illustrated's "Coolest Girls in Sport," and was celebrated as the "Hottest Muse" in Rolling Stone's annual Hot List.
Aimee resides in New York City.