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18-year-old Chiara Bordi competing in the Miss Italy pageant. (Instagram)
18-year-old Chiara Bordi competing in the Miss Italy pageant. (Instagram)

‘Life is still beautiful’

18-year-old ‘bionic model’ competes in Miss Italy, nabs 3rd place and has pointed words for internet trolls

By WITW Staff on September 24, 2018

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.

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.


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