Female athlete becomes the first amputee to feature in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue

"I hope women feel empowered by it"

16 Feb 2018

Sports Illustrated famously launched the careers of Chrissy Teigen and Ashley Graham in its highly-coveted swimsuit edition. Now Paralympic snowboarder Brenna Huckaby has become the first amputee to be featured, and she looks incredible.

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The 22-year-old world champion was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in 2010. During her freshman year in high school, doctors were forced to amputate her right leg due to complications, a time in her life she describes as "the lowest of low."

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The former gymnast later took up snowboarding as a way to get back into sports. She is currently training to compete in the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month.

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"I hope women feel empowered by it," Brenna told Sports Illustrated. "Everyone should feel sexy. It doesn't matter what your body looks like, when you feel good in your skin it shows. Let me tell you, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn't feel good in your own skin! I see it as an opportunity to inspire others. It's very rare, if ever, you see a woman with a disability pose in sexy swimsuits. I want to help change the stigma behind disabilities. I want other women, regardless of their body, to know they are powerful and sexy."

So inspiring 💪

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