If you ask the average person, arms are an essential aspect of the human body – put to use hundreds of times every day, often without even thinking about it. For one woman, however, they are completely unnecessary. Jessica Cox was born without arms, leading to her reliance on her legs and feet for everyday actions. Cox drives a car, types on a keyboard, does her makeup, and plays the piano, among other skills. She’s proven herself to be a very uncommon woman, in ways unrelated to her lack of arms. An accomplished martial artist, Cox has black belts in two types of taekwondo, as well as her pilot’s license. According to her website Cox is currently working as a motivational speaker, “[traveling] the world sharing her story and encouraging people to be creative and innovative with the slogan ‘Think outside the shoe.’” A common theme in Cox’s message is the idea that her disability has become her ability, to touch the lives of others, to excel, to challenge herself and overcome those challenges, and to contest the expectations of society. Jessica is working on raising funds to produce the upcoming short film, “Right-footed: The Documentary of Jessica Cox” which will explore Cox’s upbringing, what she is doing now, and what she hopes to accomplish in her continued journey.
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