Sunday, 15 November 2015

Be Inspired! An Amputee Model

Taylor modelling wedding dresses

Taylor Crisp was born with a shortened femur on her right leg, no kneecap or ankle and limped terribly--this made her a victim of cruel taunts with few friends.

Notwithstanding this, Taylor had an active childhood before she lost her legs. She loved sports, and spent spare moments skateboarding and playing football. However, all that changed when, aged 11, she tripped during a netball match and dislocated her hip.

Seven weeks after treatment, Taylor became very ill and started losing weight. Her doctors realized she had an MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection but she managed to get back to school --where the bullying and taunting continued.

As if things couldn’t get worse for Taylor, her infection returned and she was offered an ultimatum by doctors: lose her leg or spend a lifetime in a wheelchair.
Young Taylor

Taylor’s leg was amputated above the knee and was given a prosthetic leg. When she returned to school, there was a new, cruel nickname awaiting her: ‘peg leg’. The bullies were merciless.

"It got me down for a long time. But finally – when I got to Year 11 – I learnt to stand up for myself and say, 'No matter what you say, it’s not going to affect me anymore. So you keep saying your nasty things, and we’ll see who comes out on top.'" With her attitude, the bullying stopped.

When she was 17yrs old, a modelling agency approached her when she was out shopping.

Today, Taylor is not just a model, she’s also a singer in a band and is training to be a tattoo artist. She’s found love with an old school friend, Jordan, who loves checking out her latest modelling snaps, and encourages her to do more and more outrageous shoots.

Sadly, becoming a successful model means Taylor is now victim to a new sort of bullying – this time from online trolls. She regularly receives abusive messages on social media telling her she’s not a real model and has no dignity.

Still an undeterred Taylor wants to share the lessons she’s learnt in life: "I want to tell people not to let anyone bring you down. People should embrace their beauty, love themselves and never cover themselves up, or feel ashamed."

"It reminds me that, no matter what people say about me, no-one can hold me back in life."

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