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Lauren Wasser

June 22, 2017
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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.


“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

“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.”

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You can find her on Instagram as @theimpossiblemuse

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Carolyn June 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

Lauren is exactly the sort of brand ambassador I want my 14 year old daughter to admire, my daughter loves cotton on’s brands and its incentive for me to buy them for her, so good if you can help promote “real” strong women for her to look up too, so refreshing to see my girl moving away from the less than ideal “Kardashian” type role models our young impressionable girls seem to be swayed towards! Thanks Cotton on 🙂

Cotton On Body July 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for your comment Carolyn 🙂 We totally agree & love to feature women in our campaigns who are doing incredible things! X


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