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HOW LAUREN WASSER IS BREAKING
Learn about how model and activist Lauren Wasser conquered the runway after losing her legs
Story by Malena Harbers
Known as the girl with the golden legs, model Lauren Wasser has walked for trend-setting New York Fashion Week shows Chromat and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, inspiring a push for more diversity on the catwalks.
For The Love of the Game
Though she has been modelling from 4 months old, posing for Italian Vogue with her supermodel mother; Lauren’s first love was basketball, which her father introduced her to as a baby. “I felt like I could leave everything on the court. It was my release,” Lauren said.
At just 24, both her promising modelling career and dreams of playing professional basketball suddenly unravelled when Lauren lost her right leg in 2012 to the life-threatening condition toxic shock syndrome. Six years later, she had her left leg amputated due to complications with gangrene.
A NEW PATH
But Lauren was determined to turn her tragedy into something positive. As well as returning to the runway, she is back on the basketball courts with a mean handle game, and driving awareness about TSS prevention while advocating for global change in the feminine care industry.
On her new role, she told InStyle magazine: “I am comfortable as an advocate against an affliction that affects thousands of women. I realized that I was lucky to have gotten out alive and so many victims don’t.”
legs—but it didn’t
Behind the scenes
Go behind the scenes of Lauren
Wasser’s shoot with SHISEIDO