After losing her leg during the 2013 Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet is still staying strong and smashing her goals. Last spring, she returned to the Boston Marathon for the first time and completed the race in ten hours. And now she’s striding down the runway. During Vancouver Fashion Week, Haslet traded her sneakers for high heels as she opened and closed the fashion show for Canadian designer Lesley Hampton.
Hampton teamed up with the Be Body Aware nonprofit to make sure that the presentation included a diverse group of models with different body shapes and sizes. And Haslet’s heroic accomplishments were the icing on the cake for Hampton. “Having her as part of my wolfpack and giving her another chance to tell her story through my designs is an inspiration and an incredible experience,” Hampton said, according to Yahoo. “Together with the Be Body Aware project, I am hoping to set an example for anyone affected by adversity and stand up once again to the fashion standards.”
Haslet was the third-best ballroom dancer in the world when she was severely injured during the Boston Marathon bombings. “I saw no amputee women being held as role models, dancers, let alone sexy,” Haslet wrote under an Instagram post. “I decided right then and there that I would dance again. That I would advocate and demonstrate. I would take a stand for those who cannot stand.” Her determination is definitely an encouragement to many.