“My special ‘cheetah’ legs give me superpowers”

Aimee Mullins is an athlete, model, and activist. And she does it all using a collection of experimental prosthetic legs.

Born without fibulae in both legs, Mullins had to amputate both her legs below the knee on her first birthday. However, Mullins doesn’t view her prosthetic legs as “fixing” something, but rather as augmentations. She wants them to be beautiful, to give her superpowers, to be parts of her body that people look at with admiration. With her public speaking and athletics, Mullins has popularized the idea that synthetic body parts are something to show off, rather than hide. This attitude towards her prosthetics makes Mullins posthuman.

Learn more about Mullins on her website. Also be sure to check out some of the interesting TED talks she gave here.

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