Meet Haitian Model Mama Cax, the Disability Rights Activist Who We’ll Always Remember


February 9, 2023

Yesterday, Google celebrated Mama Cax with a doodle illustrated by Brooklyn-based guest artist Lyne Lucien. 



Past Doodle illustrations include historical figures and moments such as Bessie ColemanJuneteenththe NAACP’s silent protest paradeEsther Afua, and more. Wednesday’s Doodle celebrated Cacsmy “Mama Cax” Brutus, the Brooklyn-born but Haiti-raised model who was diagnosed with cancer at 14, resulting in the amputation of her right leg. From there, she made a commitment to living a life that made her the happiest. She started a blog, sharing lifestyle content and showcasing her stylish looks that came with a matching prosthetic leg cover. Cax soon became an inspiration for amputees worldwide, popping up in fashion spaces she could only dream about, such as NYFW and the Savage X Fenty Fashion Show. 



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In honor of Black History Month, Google celebrated her life with a beautiful photo, and Cax’s family thanked them for collaborating with them on the project. “We are honored that Google is celebrating Mama Cax. Today, people are reflecting on Mama Cax as a daughter, sister, friend, model, and disability rights activist, ruminating on the imprint she undoubtedly left on their lives,” The Brutus & Vilus Family said. 


Cax passed away in 2019 at 30 years old, but her legacy will never be forgotten. 

Photo: Mama Cax

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