Kanya Sesser is making some serious waves not just in the world of modeling, but society at large with the latest trending news worldwide. What’s so unique about this beautiful model you may still somehow be wondering (if you spent your weekend under a rock I suppose) – she confidently rocks her body, which was born without legs, and clearly makes the statement that it does not limit her abilities!
Kanya was adopted from an orphanage in Thailand at the age of 5 (after being left on the steps of a Buddhist temple) by her parents who brought her to live in Oregon. Now, at 23, Sesser is based out of Los Angeles, reportedly making an average of $1,000 per day as a lingerie model. After beginning her modelling career at 15 by posing for a number of sports brands, including a feature for Billabong, Sesser said she was then scouted by underwear brands ( she has modeled for Volcom, Nike and Rip Curl Girl.)
With a passion to engage in more extreme sports Sesser, hopes to compete in mono-ski competition at the 2018 Winter Paralympics South Korea, and that she never intended to be a model, ‘it just happened’ for her.
Modeling is “something fun” that “shows my story,” Kenya told NY Daily News. “I’m different and that is sexy, I don’t need legs to feel sexy … I love showing people what beauty can look like. These images show my strength. I enjoy making money from it and I love showing people what beauty can look like. These images show my strength.”
Not only do these images show her strength, but so do her clear perseverance and love of life, which she speaks of. A great example of this is her preference for using her skateboard or walking on her hands to get around as opposed to using her wheelchair.
As for her life as a model and the myriad of photos she produces: “I like expressing myself in a different way than people usually see,” she went on to explain to the NY Daily News. “This is just who I am.”
Now, others living without legs are encouraged to participate in the hashtag campaign sparked by this empowering example of self-love: #NoLegsNoLimit. We greatly appreciate that this can include all people sharing Kanya’s experience, not just people who still exude societally traditional beauty ideals. Here’s one inspiring example below: