Woman creates brilliant Cinderella costume with glass prosthetic arm to celebrate her physical difference
A woman has created a Cinderella costume with a glass prosthetic arm in order to increase representations of people who have had amputations.
Mandy Pursley had always felt there was a lack of amputees being represented in popular culture.
"I remember being enthralled watching Jim Abbott play baseball because he was the only amputee I had ever seen on television," she told Insider. "But I still never saw amputee women being portrayed as normal, beautiful, or strong, so it took me a long time to realize that being different and unique can actually be a positive trait."
When Mandy's daughter began learning about Cinderella at school last year, suddenly an idea to completely reinvent the fairy tale princess was sparked in the doting mom. She had the idea to create a Cinderella who didn't have a glass slipper - but a glass arm.
"Representation is so powerful," Mandy said. "It is so much easier to believe in yourself when you are able to see people who look like you achieving the same dreams that you have. People who have differences really just want to feel included and accepted without feeling the need to hide what makes them unique."
Mandy made the stunning gown entirely on her own, only enlisting the help of artist Gilbert Lozano when it came to creating the glass arm. She also brought photographer Kelly Anderson on board in order to make her new revamped Cinderella the centre of a photo shoot. In said photo shoot, Mandy's husband Ryan assumed the role of a "real-life Prince Charming."
When Mandy posted the snaps on Facebook, they immediately went viral and have since been shared over 24,000 times!
"My favourite part has been hearing from the parents of children with 'lucky fins' like mine, who shared how excited their kids were to finally see a princess who looked like them," she said. "I hope that people with all sorts of differences are encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response to this character who shows that beauty is so much deeper than physical perfection."
The talented lady has since started a Facebook page called Be the Spark Cosplay, where you can find some of her other creations.