Profiles In Babeage

Meet Allison Lang, a Canadian amputee who lost the lower half of her left leg. Allison could have sat in her house feeling sorry for herself, but Allison wanted to do something more.

Allison Lang is done with hiding her body. Over the weekend, the Canadian amputee and disability advocate took to Instagram to post a travel video alongside a body positive message that encouraged fans to “wear the bikini.”

In the clip, Lang, who was born without the lower half of her left leg, sat on a boat overlooking the Croatian waters. She smiled while taking in the picture-perfect scenery in a black bikini and a pair of oversized sunglasses.

I’m not sure I’d be as optimistic as Allison, but she certainly isn’t a quitter.

In the caption, the athlete and public speaker opened up about the shame she used to associate with her body, and how she’s learned to love herself.

“Don’t hide your body, you’re beautiful. I can’t believe all the life experiences I would have missed out on if I continued to hide my body the way I did when I was younger. Younger me would have made an excuse as to why I couldn’t join friends on a boat or a beach day by the water. But not because of what my friends would think of my body, rather what strangers would think of my disability,” she penned. “Please don’t miss out on life experience. Say yes and rock the bikini. You’re perfect the way you are. Differences and all.”

Amen, Allison. Keep fighting the good fight.

7 thoughts on “Profiles In Babeage

  1. What she says applies well to herself. But let’s have a little wiff of reality here. NOT everyone is beautiful. NOT everyone should “rock the bikini.” She’s an attractive women. There are plenty who aren’t.

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  2. Cathy – She is definitely no Karen.

    RC – Agreed. When we were in the Outer Banks the last two weeks, I was surprised how many hefty men and women dressed appropriately. There were a few people who were wearing bikinis who had no right to wear them, but for the most part, everyone else covered their big parts.

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