She calls herself the “bionic model” and now 18-year-old Chiara Bordi has made history in Italy, capturing third place in the Miss Italy competition.
Bordi was the first woman with a prosthetic leg to compete in the competition, which she proudly showed off during the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the night, reports The Daily Mail. First place went to an actor who’s starred in Tree of Life, among other films.
Of course, the trolls weren’t far behind when it came to Bordi, with some overeager online harassers calling her “crippled” and questioning why she made it so far in the competition.
View this post on Instagram
Non l'ho fatto prima per evitare accuse di "raccomandazioni"😂 Ringrazio di cuore tutti coloro che hanno speso una parola nei miei confronti, parole di sostegno e incoraggiamento. Esponenti politici di qualsiasi partito: Matteo Salvini, Lorenzo Fontana, Giorgia Meloni , Deborah Bergamini, Bruno Astorre, Francesco Battistini, Stefano Pedica, Nicola Zingaretti e tutti i personaggi del mondo dello spettacolo come Fiorello, Chef Rubio, Paolo Ruffini, la quasi compaesana Alice Sabatini e chiunque abbia scritto un qualsiasi anche piccolo pensiero. Grazie di cuore ♥️
Taking the high road, Bordi responded on Facebook by saying, “I’m missing a leg, but you’re missing a heart and brain … I’m not interested in winning, but showing the world that life is still beautiful when reborn after a dramatic event.”
That optimistic attitude has helped her go far. Bordi lost her leg only five years ago during a moped accident, and has been working with Models of Diversity, an initiative aiming to promote more diversity in the typically closed-off and closed-door fashion industry.
She’s also proving that her leg isn’t inhibiting her ability to do anything: she canoes, rollerblades, windsurfs, rock climbs, and dives. Bordi also attended the Venice International Film Festival this year, and accessorized her bionic leg with some bling.
Take that, trolls.
Read the full story at The Daily Mail.