At 24 years old, Lauren Wasser’s leg was amputated as a result of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Since then, she’s been shining a spotlight on the issue to raise awareness for other women. Recently, she did a TED Talk in Tel Aviv, Israel on why brands should look for role models, not fashion models.
When you meet Lauren, you immediately notice her sense of humour. Her positive attitude is infectious. Lauren’s mission in life is to show people that anything is possible, from kids with prosthetic limbs to adults going through a challenging time. She’s been to hell and back and lives to tell the story, with a smile on her face.
ON HER MORNING ROUTINE:
“I put my leg on, I brush my teeth, I smile and put my favourite song on. Then I get a coffee and go to the dog park with my puppy.”
ON STAYING ACTIVE:
“I love boxing. It’s so much fun. My personal trainer is a boxing athlete so he pushes me to the extreme. I also love playing basketball – anything active really!”
THE PEOPLE SHE ADMIRES…
“People who are in wheelchairs. I was in a wheelchair for eight months and that takes such a strong human being to be able to get up every single day when doing the littlest things is such a task. I mean just taking a shower and getting yourself ready to face a world that doesn’t socially accept you, they do it and they own it. They inspire me because I know what it takes to even leave their house. They’re honestly superheroes.”
THE MOMENT SHE WALKED ON STAGE TO GIVE HER TED TALK…
“I could see the tiers of people and there was a huge audience. All their eyeballs were on me so I immediately just wanted to run. It was very overwhelming but the audience was filled with so much love.
This little 13-year-old girl came up to me after and gave me this huge hug and was crying and shaking. She had been battling an eating disorder and had tried to kill herself a couple of times. But she read my story and it gave her hope. That was what the whole trip was about for me, to meet that little girl and tell her that is not the way to go, that she has her whole life in front of her. That moment was everything.”
“We all have tough situations in life but it’s about how we get back up and I think that’s what really matters. Empowerment is how you deal with a situation and get through it.”
You can find her on Instagram as @theimpossiblemuse