Marsha Elle was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), a rare birth defect in which the femur bone in the upper thigh area is either malformed or missing, causing one leg to be shorter than the other. As a result, the lower half of her leg was amputated.

Yet, in spite of being an above-the-knee amputee all her life, the Miami-based motivational speaker refuses to let that stop her from pursuing her dreams of becoming a musician and model. And most importantly, she hasn’t let it rob her of her joy, as evidenced by the uplifting photos she shares on Instagram, flaunting her curvaceous figure and prosthetic leg.

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