She is one among us but without arms, yet dared to become a body-builder and lead a better life


Barbie Thomas isn’t different from many other women of her age. This 37 year old lady cooks, loves make-up, texts and drives too. The only way she is different from others is that she lost both her arms in an electrical accident when she was just a young girl. She does all these common activities by using her feet. One more reason about her being unique is that she is a renowned body-builder and a model.

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She’s a mother of two, and a long time fitness devotee. She has been competing as a body-builder in Phoenix, Arizona, since 2000. Barbie wowed the crowd at the NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championship in Charleston, South Carolina. Her best finish was in early 2012, when she was placed fifth in the NPC Jr. Nationals, Chicago.

 I’d say to anyone, you can do whatever you put your mind to, the only limitations are the ones you put on yourself. Everyone has limitations in some way; mine are more visible than yours-Barbie Thomas

Barbie wants to inspire others to reach for their biggest fitness goals. In one of her interviews, she said – ‘Someone once told me that you know you can never win, and to this day those words light a fire under me like you would not believe. Because when someone tells me I can’t do something, I will bust my buns to prove them wrong’.

Apart from her body building, she has also started modelling  and preparing herself for acting in Hollywood movies. She told a newspaper she was offered a part in the Steven Spielberg film A.I. but had to turn it down because she was pregnant.

Barbie Thomas has proved that when someone is determined to do something, nothing is impossible in this world. Let her story inspire you to aim for the most daunting goals of your life.

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