Aimée Mullins

Aimée Mullins first received worldwide media attention as an athlete, but has developed her own formula for the “invented life,” based on her unique combination of experiences as a world record holding athlete, USA Chef de Mission for both the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, ground-breaking high fashion model, beacon for design tech, dedicated advocate and avant-garde actor. Born without fibulae (shin bones) in both legs, which were amputated below the knee on her first birthday, Ms. Mullins learned to walk on prosthetic legs by age two. At age 17, she became the youngest person to hold top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon, where she worked as an intelligence analyst. While a student at Georgetown University, Ms. Mullins became the first amputee to compete in the NCAA. She conceived of, and was the first to wear and compete in, prostheses modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah – now the international standard for amputee runners.  She set world records in the 100 meter, 200 meter and long jump events.  From there, Ms. Mullins has moved on to fashion modeling, acting and motivational speaking, to help others shatter perceived limitations and reinvent themselves. Currently starring in the popular and award-winning Netflix series, Stranger Things, Ms. Mullins is an actor, a story-teller, a Renaissance woman, and an inspirational icon.  Honored as one of the “10 gutsiest women” by Jane Magazine, Ms. Mullins has also been honored by such varied institutions as the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the NCAA Hall of Fame and the Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Aimée Mullins

Year Honored: 2017

Birth: 1976 -

Born In: Pennsylvania

Achievements: Arts, Athletics, Humanities, Philanthropy

Educated In: Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Schools Attended: Parkland High School, Georgetown University