His reaction to her leg, she says, was “very natural.
He wasn’t shocked or turned off.” Unfortunately, not everyone is as open and accepting as the Calvin Klein model.
Eventually, Stephanie jumped back into the dating game.Still unable to forget the hurt and rejection of the past, she struggled to trust a new friend-turned-boyfriend. “He was the first guy I dated after the bad experience.” Things seemed good, though, and the relationship heated up a notch.Stephanie bounced back to life after the accident though and was not afraid to meet boys.In high school, she says, she was dating a “beautiful guy.” However, Stephanie was easily sidetracked, and her high-school crushes went in and out of style like acid-washed denim and neon colors. At a party, Stephanie decided to make a move on a new guy, with some creative advice from girlfriends.“I was in Tampa, Florida, at a karaoke bar,” Stephanie says, “and this really good-looking guy with long blond hair came up to the table and introduced himself.
Then he asks if I would like to sing a song with him.” He turned out to be a Calvin Klein model, and they became a couple for two years. This is the time when we are on our best behavior – the time when we portray a positive attitude and demonstrate a solid relationship “résumé” (or at least try to).However, amputees have the added burden of when and how to bring up the subject of a prosthetic limb.In addition, she has performed professionally with Urban Bush Women and Karen Peterson and Dancers and was a founding member and rehearsal director for the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble in Miami, Florida.Currently, she performs as a solo artist and with the AXIS Dance Company of Oakland, California.“Losing my leg and being able to perform and dance was a physical challenge – and I was up for the challenge.” Indeed.