Every now and again I will come across a lady that inspires me, she might be a bit different from the norm yet she embodies everything a woman should be with regards to confidence and living life on your own terms.
Mama Cax, first name Caxmee is a fashion blogger, writer and ambassador to a few of our favorite brands. She calls herself a cyborg in Paris, I am guessing based on the fact that she is missing one leg but I like to think that it’s mostly because she is a creative genius.
Caxmee was born in Brooklyn in 1989 but grew up in Montreal and Haiti. When she was 14 years old she was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer and was given 3 weeks to live.
Cax is 26 years old so as you can imagine she beat the odds with treatment and as result, had to have her right leg amputated. She walks with a prosthetic leg and two forearm crutches.
She started traveling at age 17, just 3 years after her diagnosis and has been to 20 countries and developed an outstanding travel blogs to account for her trips and tales.
As Caxmee mention’s on her website this isn’t just any travel blog, this is a blog that shares the experiences of a woman, as a person of color and a person with a physical disability.
It is also her voice to the world that they need to redefine standards of beauty making sure we know that it isn’t about some preconceived social norm but it is about the person and who she or he is on the inside.
Here is how she describes her beauty mission:
I haven’t been too content about the mainstream imagery of beauty. I’ve made it my personal mission to infiltrate the “beauty industry”- Walking down the street with crutches and a prosthetic leg, people often shout “you go girl! you’re still beautiful” STILL?…. I AM beautiful and I’m here to show you how beautiful I am inside and out.
She recently shot a Summer video for Bustle which tackled body image is a fun sunny way!
She works with one of our favourite headwrap companies – Fanmdjanm
And she has worked with Refinery29 For their 9 Stunning Photos Of Differently Abled Women Taking Back The Beach post.
That is just a snippet of all of the work this dope chica has done in media, she has been featured many times on every popular website you can think of.
I think Caxmee teaches an important lesson even without trying. She teaches us is that our limitations are defined by us and nobody else, you can beat the odds and redefine how people look at you.
Read more about traveling Cax here.