Teen Vogue | Mama Cax wearing ALLELES in "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry"

“For Teen Vogue‘s September issue, we profiled three models with disabilities: Chelsea Werner, Jillian Mercado, and Mama Cax.”

“Mama Cax has always loved fashion, but that love blossomed when she started dressing up her prosthetic leg, choosing different colors and covers for it. Her favorite? The very first one, bought from Alleles, in part because of the sentimental value and also the regal autumn gold and maroon colors because fall is her favorite season. Her decision to style her prosthetic and wear it proudly has inspired other amputees. “When I first started blogging, a lot of women amputees were messaging me about how they’d never seen someone an amputee on social media or anywhere showing their prosthetics,” she recalls. “I think it’s so important to show people who have physical disabilities because there are people out there who have physical disabilities who buy products and who never see themselves represented in any way, shape, or form.”

-KEAH BROWN, Teen Vogue

WRITTEN BY KEAH BROWN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAMILA FALQUEZ / STYLED BY LANA JAY LACKEY / HAIR BY EDWARD LAMPLEY / MAKEUP BY MAKI RYOKE