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Human bodies, version 2.0

Posted at 10:42 AM on April 21, 2009 by Sanden Totten

Aimee-in-black.jpgIt isn't often I totally geek out about an interview. Then again it isn't often I interview someone who is a model, actress, record breaking athlete and fan of Voltron. Of course, Aimee Mullins has something in common with Voltron, they both have bionic legs.

Aimee is a double amputee, she was born without fibula bones. She got her first pair of prosthetic legs at age 2 and has been on the go ever since. In college she broke track and field records. Afterward she modeled for Alexander McQueen, played a cheetah lady in the Cremaster Cylce and has given two influential talks at the smorgasbord of awesome ideas known as TED.

Aimee-on-track.jpgAfter speaking with Rob Spence, the filmmaker who turned his fake eye into a camera, I started wondering if there was some movement of people re-imagining what a prosthetic could be. Aimee Mullins was the perfect person to ask.

Ever since she was a kid she's been demanding more from her artificial limbs. Now she's got a closet full of different legs, a pair for almost any occasion, like her carbon fiber cheetah legs or her compression "RoboCop legs" or her carved wood modeling legs. She's fully behind the idea that her prosthetic limbs should give her superpowers, not to mention the ability to be even taller when she hits up a party.

Hear Aimee Mullins' take on the future of bionic body parts.

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