When we think about models or those who aspire to model our thoughts drift to women with perfect figures that includes perfect legs and a thin waist. Or muscular men with a body that looks like it was chiseled out of stone with stomach muscles that imitate the Rocky Mountains. As times are changing, so are the traditional standards of what beauty and sexy looks like and who can be sexy. Modeling has historically been the area that sets the tone of these standards.
A perfect example of how times have changed is the emergence of Kanya Sesser. Kanya is a very successful lingerie model that was born with no legs. Kanya was born in Thailand but was adopted at the age of five and raised in Portland, Ore. Instead of using a wheelchair to get around like most without lower limbs, Kanya opts to use a skateboard instead. She began modeling at the age of 15 and now earns a whopping $1,000 per day, per The Huffington Post U.K. Now at age 23, she says posing in thongs and bras is “show[ing] my strength. I don’t need legs to feel sexy. I’m different and that is sexy.”
Kanya Sesser to me is a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by individuals who think they have a monopoly on the definition of sexy. After viewing her photos I have feel in love with her self-confidence as it spills off each picture. She’s completely in love with herself and is not interested in anyone’s thoughts about her. She’s awesome. How many models make $1,000 dollars per day? I think that she should be given a lot more news coverage as I am sure she’ll be a huge inspiration for many people with disabilities and those who aren’t disabled. She is simultaneously breaking barriers while doing what she loves.