A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who lost a leg in the attack walked the runway last weekend for designer Lesley Hampton at Vancouver Fashion Week.
Dance instructor Adrianne Haslet, 36, and her husband were spectators near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded, injuring them both. Haslet lost part of her left leg and, after healing, was fitted with a prosthetic.
In 2016, Haslet returned to the marathon, and ran it, finishing in about ten hours.
She took on a slower-paced challenged last weekend when she walked the runway for designer Lesley Hampton who was inspired by Haslet’s story and asked her to participate in the fashion show.
“Adrianne translates everything the Lesley Hampton Label stands for,” the designer said in a press release. “Having her as part of my Wolfpack and giving her another chance to tell her story through my designs is an inspiration and an incredible experience.”
Speaking to CBC’s Our Vancouver, Hampton said, “I really want the wearer of my clothes to feel like a warrior, and feel confident, and feel like they can take over the world. So I try to design to reinforce that.”
Haslet walked the runway in a sheer sexy dress with the hem cut high enough that she could proudly show off her prosthetic.
“I remember lying in my hospital bed, down the rabbit hole of internet searches.” Haslet wrote in an Instagram post. “Bawling my eyes out that I, being third in the world in ballroom [dancing] at the time, now had no leg. Thanks to a terrorist.” She noted that thinking back brought her to tears.
“I would never amount to anything,” she wrote about her feelings at the time. “I saw no amputee women being held as role models, dancers, let alone sexy. I decided right then and there that I would dance again. That I would advocate and demonstrate. I would take a stand for those who cannot stand.”
Haslet’s accomplishments exceed marathon-running and fashion modeling. She has also returned to professional dance competitions, and won the first one she competed in wearing a prosthetic. Additionally, she’s active in the fight against laws that create obstacles for amputees.
“Many many amputee women have stepped up and strutted their abilities, too,” she said. ”Now, thanks to #lesley_hampton those of us with different, not any less sexy bodies have an example on this catwalk to show other women that there is room for ALL of us. No matter your body.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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