Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mariah Serrano: Confessions of a One-legged Fashionista

Mariah Serrano was born with a club foot and yearned to wear high fashion shoes. The 22-year-old recently underwent the painful procedure to have her leg amputated to be able to wear gorgeous high heels. Through her early teenage years she struggled to look like the rest of her friends but was ever conscious of her deformed foot. Eventually she stopped going to classes and was home-schooled. In 2009 she began seriously considering amputation after her specialist suggested that a prosthetic leg would be more comfortable and could work better with heels. Still undecided her doctor gave her an article about a pair of prosthetic legs made by Alexander McQueen for athlete and model Aimee Mullins. She had the amputation soon after and wore her first pair of heels six months later on New Years Eve. Serrano the amputee feels better about herself but still finds difficulty in extremely high heels. The fashionista restricts herself to two-and-a-half to three inch heels. She started a blog called "Confessions of a One-legged Fashionista" where she details pulling off stylish looks with a prosthetic leg. She said she wants to incorporate her prosthetic leg into fashion design. Her brother Mason started a charity called the Octopus Project that raises money for prosthetic research.

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