Haitian-American blogger, advocate, motivational speaker, and model, Mama Cax isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Born Cacsmy Brutus, she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 14 and was given only 3 weeks to live. Luckily, she survived, but her right leg had to be amputated. Now, she uses social media as a platform to talk about body positivity, but most importantly, dismantle the image of what people with disabilities should be or look like.
“When it comes to body positivity, it’s not something that I was raised to embrace,” she told The Standard’s blog. “I think a lot of us are raised in societies where body shaming is a norm. If you don’t look a certain way, you’re not accepted or you’re asked to change. [When I was young] I was already hating how I looked because I was a stick figure with a little belly. And then I ended up gaining a lot of weight.”
It all changed when she was diagnosed with cancer and went through chemotherapy which meant losing her hair and her weight. “Then after my amputation, I was left with so many scars,” she added. “So, for me personally, I had trouble accepting a new body and loving it. And I went on a journey of trying to get to a place where I felt happy, but little did I know that I would bring so many people on that journey with me.”
It all culminated in September 15th, 2016 when she was invited to the White House to walk in the first-ever White house Fashion show. The event was a celebration of inclusive design, assistive technology, and prosthetics. “Before, I wanted to fly under the radar,” she admits. “I didn’t want to draw too much attention. Now I have my colorful prosthetic covers that have really nice designs and making my outfit match.”
Prepare to be inspired.