18 Year Old Italian Bionic Model Proves That Disability Is Not Inability.

Helen Keller once said "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence."  Any kind of a setback comes with 3 choices either you let it define you, let it destroy you or you can let it strengthen you. Life choices of the protagonist of this news story will amaze you and maybe even empower you to step out of your comfort zone and chase your dreams.

Meet Chiara Bordi, who is the second runner-up in this year's Miss Italy finals. Most of you must be wondering why we are covering her and not the lady who won the prestigious competition. Yes, her position in the competition doesn't make her above everyone else, but her attitude towards life definitely makes her someone very special. Moreover, we don't want her disability to define her just the way she doesn't want to be defined by it.


This 18 year old student - who lost her leg in a bike accident when she was just 13 - proudly displayed her prosthetic leg during the beauty pageant. She didn't shy away from flaunting it in a swimsuit and evening-wear round. This accomplishment made her the first contestant with a prosthetic leg to compete in the finals of Miss Italy.  

The last few days have been marred by the constant spat between Chiara's detractors and her supporters. Some people have accused her of going that far in the competition "just because you're crippled."


Chiara who have always taken every single challenge head-on, was not ready to let go of her bullies. She retorted back by posting a message for her detractors on her Facebook page saying "I'm missing a leg, but you're missing a heart and brain." She further wrote, “There are all sorts of frustrations and dissatisfactions behind this nastiness."

This "Bionic model" than thanked her supporters by posting a heartfelt message on Instagram. I can say that I feel changed, I feel stronger, more confident. I have always said that ‘I hoped’ that my message would reach as many people as possible, today, the day after the final, I feel really good about myself because I have really put myself into it, and all this is repaid by all the messages that I have received, from all the support, and I thank you so much because you have always given me one more reason not to feel down.”

Chiara was not always a confident, self assure girl.  She admitted on one of her Instagram posts that it was hard to accept the drastic changes to her body after the accident, as she felt guilt and almost wished to die. She eventually returned to a normal life, as she climbed, got a diving license, tried sports, took part in photoshoots, shared her experience during pep-talks in schools. 

This beautiful girl has worked with the British-based organization Models of Diversity, which works to promote more diversity within the fashion industry. Chiara - who is from the central Tarquinia province - hopes to study further and become an orthopedic surgeon.

She has not let her disability stop her from living a full life, she is a keen traveler and sportswoman, who enjoys canoeing, rollerblading, windsurfing, climbing rock walls and diving. Take a cue from her, don't let your disability become your inability. 

Picture Source : Daily Mail

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