PARIS — L'Oréal Paris has named Aimee Mullins, athlete, fashion model and actress, as its newest global ambassador.
She joins the L'Oréal Paris family of spokeswomen, which includes Milla Jovovich, Beyonce Knowles, Diane Keaton, Diane Kruger, Evangeline Lilly, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Andie MacDowell, Julianna Marguiles, Freida Pinto, Gwen Stefani and Kerry Washington.
"Aimee Mullins is a truly remarkable woman. An accomplished athlete, muse, fashion, model and talented actress, yet she is so much more: a smart, confident, curious woman who will wholly represent our philosophy, 'Because You're Worth It.' We are proud to welcome her to the L'Oréal Paris family," stated Karen Fondu, president of L'Oréal Paris.
While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship, Mullins embarked upon an athletic career and became the first woman with prosthetic legs to compete in top-level NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) competitions. She competed in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, as well as the long jump, and set world records in all three events. In 2007, she became the president of the Women's Sports Foundation.
However, Mullins did not stop there: she turned her focus to the world of fashion. In 1999, she became a muse to British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, and walked the runway in his London show using intricately carved wooden prosthetics. This cultural milestone was recognized by many, and People magazine included Mullins in its list of the "World's 50 Most Beautiful People."
In addition, Mullins was recognized for her performance in the film "Cremaster 3" by Matthew Barney in 2003, and she continues her film work with him in their current collaboration "Ancient Evenings," an adaptation of the Norman Mailer novel, in which she stars as "Isis."
Mullins has been featured in numerous magazines all over the world, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Sports Illustrated, Life, Glamour and Elle, and regularly appears on TV programs and at conferences.