Aimee Mullins (born 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model best known for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs.

Early life

Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) and, as a result, had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was one year old. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early stage.

Also while at Georgetown, Mullins won a place on the Foreign Affairs internship program, working at The Pentagon. She also makes appearances as a motivational speaker.


In high school, she held the school's record for stolen bases in softball. While attending Georgetown University, she competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field events, and is the first double-amputee sprinter to compete in NCAA track and field for Georgetown University.

Mullins competed in the Paralympics in 1996 in Atlanta, in which she ran the T42-46 class 100-meter sprint in 17.01 seconds[1] and jumped 3.14 meters in the F42-46 class long-jump.[2]

Mullins was appointed one of two Chefs de Mission for the United States 2012 Paralympic team.[3] In 2012, she was named one of Zoo Weekly's sexiest Paralympians.[4]

Fashion model

In 1999, she modelled for British fashion designer Alexander McQueen in his London show, on a pair of hand-carved wooden prosthetic legs made from solid ash, with integral boots. She is able to change her height between 5 ft 8in and 6 ft 1in by changing her legs.[5] She has been named one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world by People.

She also appeared in Dazed & Confused magazine in 1998, seen on Coverage, and in Kenneth Cole's anniversary Campaign (2010). She is also part of the L'Oréal fashion Beauty Team along with Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani (2011).


In 2002, she appeared in Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3 as a cheetah woman (the Entered Novitiate and Oonagh MacCumhail). In 2006, she appeared in World Trade Center, playing the role of a reporter. She also appeared, in 2003, in the made-for-television version of Agatha Christie's Five Little Pigs, as the woman who asks Hercule Poirot to clear her dead mother of murder.

She appeared on The Colbert Report on April 15, 2010 and declared having 12 pairs of prosthetic legs, with "some in museums".[6]

Films and television

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Mullins has been featured in the following books:


  1. IPC Historical Results Database. Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
  2. IPC Historical Results Database. Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
  3. Aimee Mullins named Chef de Mission for 2012 Paralympic Games. (2011-04-28). Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
  4. Zoo Magazine (17 September 2012). "Sexiest Paralympians". Zoo Magazine (Haymarket, New South Wakes, Australia: EMAP Australia) (142): 64–67. ISSN 1833-3222. 
  5. TED2009. Aimee Mullins: It's not fair having 12 pairs of legs | Video on. Retrieved on 2012-08-05.
  6. Aimee Mullins - The Colbert Report - 2010-15-04 - Video Clip - Comedy Central (15 April 2010).

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