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Meet the 28-year Old Amputee who Walked the Runway at #NYFW



Mama Cax

Chromat’s Spring 2019 show at the ongoing New York Fashion week was a show of inclusion and diversity with the models who walked the runway.

The runway featured a hijab-wearing woman, breast cancer survivor, women of different shapes and skin colours, and LGBTQ+ identities.

One of the women featured was Mama Cax, a 28-year old amputee and activist who walked the runway in a yellow-and-black swim look.

Cax was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer at 14 and her right leg was amputated from the hip soon after.

“I probably waited a good three years before going to a swimming pool or even the beach, and that was mostly due to the fact that I was never comfortable in my body,” she told Vogue.

Cax, who was featured on the cover of Teen Vogue, also said:

“The messages I’ve been getting since [the story dropped], I’m getting chills just talking about it. I was doing an event the other day with a lot of girls with limb differences and in wheelchairs. They never see someone who looks like them on the cover of a magazine or on a runway, so for them, it means quite a lot.”

She added: “I was very athletic before my surgery, and after I wanted to keep that going, so I found different adaptive sports” like wheelchair basketball and rock climbing, Cax said.

“Surfing was the next thing that I took on. I’m still learning, still pushing myself,” she said.

See the rest of the collection on Vogue.

Photo Credit: Ik Aldama/Vogue


  1. by_stander

    September 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” – Gandhi

    • K

      September 8, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      There’s nothing weak about Mama Cax. You’re only as weak as you believe you are.

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