Pictures showing the back of a one-legged woman wearing a high-heel shoe began going viral online as soon as web user @黄宇峰 shared it on his Weibo account. It didn’t take long for netizens to dub her as “The Oriental Venus” because of her apparent strength and beauty, ifeng news said.
Reporters tracked down 26-year-old Er Ma A Yi, who lives in the Qiang minority of Sichuan, and learned that she’d had her right leg amputated up to the hip after an accident when she was three years old. Because of the location of the amputation site, she was never able to wear a prosthetic leg, making her incredibly insecure.
Er Ma A Yi dreamed of being a singer. After a teacher complimented her voice in music class, her outlook on life changed.
“It was the first time I’d ever felt so confident in my life. It’s also the first time I sang out in a loud voice,” she said. After she graduated, she worked in a kindergarten teaching children how to sing.
She continued to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer and at the age of 19, she was recruited to sing for the Chengdu Disabled Art Troupe. “I’d never been so happy as I was that day,” she said.
Er Ma A Yi admired singers who donned long dresses with high heels, as she believed it was the image of elegance. She summoned her courage and went shopping for her first pair of high-heels, although the first time she tried walking in the shoe, she nearly broke her leg.
“Luckily I didn’t give up trying to wear it. Now I can wear a twenty-centimeter- high heel very confidently. I feel I am no different from the other girls,” she told reporters. After that, she challenged herself to try yoga, badminton, and various other activities that she had previously felt restricted from.
“I am surprised to hear that…I am actually a common girl,” she said when she’d learned about her photo going viral. “Everyone has defects and confusion. My defect is exposed and can’t be hidden beneath. Maybe my photo opened peoples’ hearts and helped them to cope with their own defects.” She also expressed her surprise about her new nickname as an “Oriental Venus”
“We should never let our body defects affect our mental health. As long as your heart beams, your outward appearance won’t dim,” she concluded.
Upon learning the woman’s story, netizens across China were even more enamored with her.
User 37路没有银杏 said “I am so impressed! If I were her, I probably wouldn’t be this confident. She’s truly a very beautiful girl with that smile.”
给你白头偕老的爱情︶ㄣadded, “I feel more motivated knowing her story. She is truly the most beautiful woman.”
“How can I contact her to learn things from her?” user 午夜之吻 asked.
By Lucy Liu
[images via tencent news]