Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and US amputee snowboarder, Brenna Huckaby wants to see an end to disability stigmas
American snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who has become the first amputee to appear in the 2018 Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit Edition, said she has never considered herself sexy. Huckaby, 22, who was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma in 2010, had to have her right leg amputated. She started snowboarding the same year and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.
"I see it [SI photoshoot] as an opportunity to inspire others. It's very rare, if ever, you see a woman with a disability pose in sexy swimsuits. I want to help change the stigma behind disabilities. I want other women, regardless of their body, to know that they are powerful and sexy. I was so nervous! I have never seen myself as sexy, it just isn't my personality.
I was very nervous to channel a different side of myself. I knew the shoot was going to be amazing! There's no way so many amazing, beautiful and powerful women shoot for SI Swimsuit time and time again if it isn't an amazing experience," Huckaby told the magazine.