For a long time, I wanted to hide it away, as something I was ashamed of,” says Cacsmy Brutus – aka Mama Cax – about her leg amputation, which she had at the age of 14, after getting bone cancer. “Now I want to display it, and make it a part of fashion. I want to show the world who I am.”
It was whilst travelling through Europe that Cacsmy was spotted by a modeling agency and began a journey that would see her on take pride of place on a billboard in Times Square.
Cax displays her prosthetic leg proudly in photo shoots. But for her, getting body positive messages over is more important. “For young women everything around you is policing how to look. I made my look a truth, because it was the only way to free myself. But I make the point that body positivity isn’t something you can achieve overnight.”
Photography by Christina Holmes