is a bionic model, motivational speaker, humanitarian and proud i-limb quantum wearer. Despite being born without a right forearm, Rebekah has defied all odds in the fashion industry and has become one of the most recognizable models in the amputee community.
From a young age Rebekah’s parents never treated her differently because of her deficiency. Her mom would meet with her teachers before each school year and instruct them to treat her as they would any other kid, and to only help her if she asked.
Although Rebekah had a strong support group, she still faced countless struggles and insecurities. People often doubted her abilities and she was the target of bullies in school. “Growing up, all I wanted to be was ‘normal.’ I just wanted to fit in and the last thing I wanted to do was stand out and be this unique, special person.” In high school she would wear long sleeve shirts and tuck the sleeve into her pant pocket to hide her forearm.
It wasn’t until the age of 22 when Rebekah decided to explore her options with a myoelectric prosthesis. She frequently suffered with pain in her left hand from over use and needed something to even out her body. Up until this time she had only worn body powered devices, but quickly gave up on the idea of it when it proved to be too challenging for her. After receiving her first myoelectric, a friend suggested she model her new “accessory,” and it was at that moment when Rebekah realized she could turn her “disability” into something extraordinary.
In January 2015 Rebekah was fitted with an i-limb revolution and during the same time Models of Diversity had given Rebekah the opportunity of a lifetime. She walked at New York Fashion Week for Antonio Urzi wearing her i-limb, and less than a month later, she found herself back in the "big apple" modeling for Nordstrom's Anniversary Catalog. Rebekah has appeared on Good Day Philadelphia, the Dawn Morning Show and has also been mentioned in publications such as Cosmopolitan, US Weekly and the New York Post. She often jokes; t
Along with her fashion career Rebekah also travels the country as a motivational speaker trying to change the way people perceive beauty and inspire young people with similar limb loss or deficiencies. “I want kids to know they’re perfect the way they are, they don’t fit this cookie cutter image. We should be celebrating uniqueness.”
"When I speak to kids about overcoming their insecurities and dark times, I tell them how great a feeling it is to love yourself. It’s funny I found that out by modeling-one of the industries I feared the most."
Rebekah uses her i-limb quantum to educate people about the technology that is available to them and the options they have to better and simplify their lives. She urges them to have patience and continue to receive therapy and training.
If you are someone who was born without a limb like me, it can be very challenging to incorporate a new prosthetic into your life. With a little patience, great things will come from using this great piece of technology like the i-limb quantum.
In addition to being an ambassador for Touch Bionics, Rebekah is also an ambassador for the Lucky Fin Project, a non-profit organization which helps support those with upper limb deficiencies. To learn more about Rebekah, visit her website at www.rebekahmarine.com.