Aimee Mullins

Fighting spirit and beauty make up Aimee Mullins, that is sure and certain.

Aimee was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1976 with missing fibula bones, and as a result, had to have both of her legs amputated below the knee.

Despite her doctors' pessimism, the 2-year-old Aimee was soon walking on prosthetic legs and could do all the things that other children of her age were doing. The sheer willpower of this young girl was only the beginning of an extraordinary career.

Aimee was part of the American team in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, becoming the first amputee to compete. Wearing prosthetics, Aimee achieved the world record in the 100m, 200m and long jump.

In 1999, her charisma caught the attention of Alexander McQueen, with whom she started modelling on the London catwalks. She attracted much attention, and has since appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, as well as making it into People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' list.

On the film and television side of things, Aimee Mullins has just as much to offer and has acted in Matthew Barney's film Cremaster 3 (2002) and in an adaptation of Agatha Christie's Five Little Pigs, from the Hercule Poirot series in 2003. In 2007 she landed a part in World Trade Center, directed by Oliver Stone.

A brand ambassador for L'Oréal since 2011, Aimee Mullins, who is president of the Women's Sports Foundation, was appointed head of the American Paralympic Games team for the London 2012 Games.

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<span>Aimee Mullins attends the L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth 2015 Celebration on December 1 in New York City.</span>