Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Rebecca Legon, yes that is my name pretty crazy coincidence considering I have one leg! I was born with PFFD a birth deformity where my knee on my left side grew from my hip, I had my foot amputated at eight years old in order to be fitted with a prosthetic leg correctly.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I travelled in my youth around Australia and America, once settled back in the UK myself and business partner created a magazine called VIVA, which is still going strong after 10 years — now online only! Since VIVA I have had two beautiful children (Olive 5 & Arthur 2). Now I am a disability activist through social media along with challenging myself for charity. I have just recently summited Mt Kilimanjaro- the largest freestanding mountain in the world. I am looking at another mountain summit, so watch this space!
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
I’ve only just started to feel courageous since accepting my disability and deformity, I think that this has been one of the hardest lifetime battles to overcome and I am pleased to say were almost their. Don’t get me wrong like everyone I have my mind and body demons, but I am in a much healthier mindset to realise that this is me and nothing can be changed.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I wish I could of told myself to talk about my feelings. I struggled allot with insecurities. I drank allot of alcohol and experimented with drugs, whilst craving attention. The alcohol/drugs would let me not care about my appearance and it gave me confidence to stand out in a crown — without this I really struggled. I had a lot of fun in my younger years and I guess that going through all of that has shaped me to become the person I am today. But, I wish I could have felt like I do now.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Self expectance is the greatest gift, it is the biggest and hardest journey to overcome. But, once you can accept what you don’t like about yourself it is really difficult to be happy. Of course I do not like having one leg and I don't really like how I look without my leg on. But, hey I can’t change it so I have accepted it and it truly does help you move on to be in a happier mindset — well it worked for me anyway ;)