Mama Cax, an Amputee Model and Disability Activist, Dies at 30

Mama Cax, an advocate of people with disabilities and a rising model who helped disrupt the fashion industry’s standard of beauty by not shying away from displaying her prosthetic leg on the runway and in fashion campaigns, died on Dec. 16 at Royal London Hospital. She was 30.

Her agency, Jag Models, confirmed her death. A cause was not given, but a statement shared on Ms. Cax’s official Instagram account on Friday said that she had spent the past week in the hospital leading up to her death.

Ms. Cax, whose real name was Cacsmy Brutus, shared in a post on Dec. 12 that she had experienced severe abdominal pain while in London and sought medical attention. She later learned that she had blood clots in her leg, thigh and abdomen and near her lungs, she said.

“As a cancer survivor, she had grown accustomed to taking on life’s several challenges head on and successfully,” the statement said. “It is with that same grit (fervor) that she fought her last days on earth.”

“She wasn’t afraid to be herself,” she said. “What I loved about it is that she challenged norms not by putting other people down, but by having the courage to, you know, really express herself through fashion.”

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