Meet The Women Who Overcame An Amputation To Become A Top Model.
One of the great benefits of social media is the discovery of amazing individuals with stories of sacrifice, struggles, and triumph. These media superstars have come to inspire complete strangers from around the world to live an authentic life.
One young woman by the name of Cacsmy Brutus aka Mama Càxmee is a New Yorker teaching everyone how to be fashionable and fierce at the same time. The 26-year-old nor her fans seem to care that she has a prosthetic limb in her photos. It’s all about the attitude and confidence for Càxmee.
When she was 14, Càxmee was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. The disease metastasized to her lungs. The teen was not giving much time to live, only a few weeks. By the time she was 16, doctors had to remove her right leg and part of her hip. Instead of feeling depressed about the outcome, Càxmee is a blogger, model, and world traveller who refuses to let her handicap down.
The model says she grew up with parents who told her she was beautiful everyday.
Càxmee admits she struggles with the physical scars left from the cancer, she tries to see them differently.
She is able to view the scars and missing limb from a different perspective because of her family. "For them my scars represented the battles I won and my prosthetic has made me this super cool cyborg chick," explains Càxmee.
Càxmee prefers to call herself a muse rather than a model.
Although she was born in New York, she lived 10 years in Haiti the country her parents were born in.
This woman is also fearless, she loves to rock climb without her prosthetic limb.
"I love rock climbing because it not only requires physical strength but also critical thinking," says Càxmee.
Aside from her regular modelling gigs, writing in her blog, and her day job, this beauty also wants to one day run in the New York City Triathlon.
It's not all about the cool clothes, headwear, and jewelry she sports.