Mariah Serrano, a 21-year-old from New York, was born with a painfully twisted club foot, and had never worn high heels in her life. This meant that she attended her high school prom in golden trainers, and was insanely jealous of her friends who wore heels. She endured five operations and wore leg braces all her life with no improvement, until she read an article by her favorite designer Alexander McQueen, who’d made a pair of prosthetic legs for athlete Aimee Mullins that “[she] knew what [she] had to do.” Continue reading for two videos and more information.

Here’s what Oddity Central has to say: “In the summer of 2009, Mariah underwent surgery to have her leg surgically removed. It wasn’t easy for her; the post-surgery complications turned out to be a nightmare. Eventually the wound healed well, and that winter, her family presented her with her first pair of heels – white basket woven Alice + Olivia platform wedges. Mariah was thrilled. ‘As I teetered around the living room wearing them, I knew I�d done the right thing,’ she said.”

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