Regardless Of Ability, Beauty Is An Advantage

August 25, 2014 4:32 PM

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Regardless Of Ability, Beauty Is An Advantage

As a man missing a leg, what interests me about this TEDWeekend's Idea Worth Spreading is the novel notion that what might be an impediment to mobility need not be an impediment to beauty or even sexiness -- not in Aimee Mullins' case anyway. People like Mullins, Amy Purdy, Alex Minsky, Chris Van Etten and amputees the world over prove every day that functional bodies are hot, even if they function differently.

When I lost my leg to cancer three years ago, I was already middle-aged, already gray and already softer than my once youthful self. Today, I'm almost 49, and I don't feel less attractive just because I'm an amputee. In fact, I feel a bit better about myself than I did three years ago and not just b...

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