Sunday, May 8, 2011
The late Alexander McQueen, one of the greatest fashion designers of this young century, had a flair for the dramatic, so it was not surprising that he saw a place for Aimee Mullins as a high fashion model in his runway shows. You know, those shows where these incredibly statuesque long-legged models walk in sublime sophistication down and back on a runway jutting out into the audience of highly critical high-society onlookers.
The reason it is so unusual for Aimee Mullins to walk the runway in a show by one of the world's top fashion designers is that she is missing both legs below the knee. McQueen had a pair of "boots" fashioned for Mullins out of wood. These incredibly beautiful "boots" are actually wooden legs but the audience saw them as boots. They are one of a dozen pairs of legs that Mullins now has at her disposal. She can change her legs the way other women change their shoes. And, as a result, she can chose to be a variety of heights. Mullins tells the story of a friend, seeing her at a statuesque height, saying "That's so unfair!"
Click on the heading above to hear Aimee Mullins talk about her twelve pairs of legs and the experience of being a runway model for one of the world's top fashion designers.