Lauren Wasser made headlines this year after she revealed that she had to have her leg amputated after getting toxic shock syndrome from allegedly using a tampon. The model filed a lawsuit against Kotex, the manufacturer of the tampons, and Ralphs, the supermarket that sold them to her. She wanted to speak out and inform people about TSS so they would be more aware of the condition. Now, Lauren is making headlines for a different reason. She is continuing with her modeling career and she has landed a major gig.
Lauren recently took to Instagram to announce that she has landed her first campaign since the TSS incident—and it is a huge one. Lauren is featured in Nordstrom‘s holiday 2015 campaign. Lauren shared the above photo from the shoot and wrote this heartfelt message:
“Super stoked to see this out! Huge moment for me & @fotofetish…my first real job back in the modeling game. We both cried that day face timing my mom @pamelareneecook on set in disbelief to have even been chosen for the @nordstrom Holiday catalog. thank you @nordstrom”
In the photo, Lauren is wearing a pink hat, a gray jacket, and cropped gray leggings, with her prosthetic leg clearly visible. For a bit of festive flair, she has a strand of lights around her.
In another photo, Lauren models a pair of cropped gray Nike leggings and and funky checkered trainers. She captioned the photo, “The trophy leg killing it.”
We still have a ways to go before the modeling industry is considered truly diverse, but it is a step in the right direction to see that Lauren was booked for such a high profile campaign.
What’s even better is that Lauren isn’t the only amputee model working in the industry. Quadruple amputee Karen Crespo was featured in the Carrie Hammer show at New York Fashion Week back in September 2014, and model Debbie van der Putten, who lost her arm in an accident, was featured in de Bijenkorf‘s campaign. There are also organizations like Models of Diversity who promote models of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.
Nordstrom has also made headlines for their inclusive campaigns this past summer. They featured Jillian Mercado, a blogger with muscular dystrophy, in their catalog. Hopefully we will see more and more brands featuring a wider variety of models in 2016, and that Lauren will be able to continue pursuing her modeling career. Considering how gorgeous and at ease she looks in the phots, this should be the first campaign of many for her.
(Photo: Nordstrom via Instagram/TheImpossibleMuse)