Brazilian Model Paola Antonini Inspires Fans On Instagram After Losing Leg In Car Crash

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Paola Antonini, a 21-year-old Brazilian model who lost her left leg has become an Instagram sensation thanks to support from hundreds of thousands of fans and an air of inspiration surrounding her. She lost her leg in 2014 after being hit by a drunken driver in a car accident.

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Her leg was crushed, and despite four attempts to save the leg, it was decided that her leg needed to be amputated at the knee. While Antonini started learning to walk again, she was advised by medical professionals that she should have a second amputation, cutting off her leg to above the knee, according to the Daily Mail.

Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be… ??????

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Antonini told Brazilian website VejaBJ that she chose to look at the situation from a glass-half-full perspective, instead of wallowing over what she lost in the accident.

De hoje ✌?️ Com esse body lindo @limone_modas ??

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“Between being unhappy forever and thankful for being alive, I chose the second option,” she said.

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Por menos padrões de beleza, por menos buscas pela perfeição, por menos photoshop. Por mais celulites, estrias e gordurinhas. Por mais pessoas diferentes e reais. Por mais vida real! É isso que realmente importa. Que os padrões sejam cada vez mais extintos e as pessoas consigam ver que a aparência não é nada perto do que temos por dentro. Todo mundo tem cicatrizes, marcas, celulites, estrias. Também não tenho a perna esquerda. E, sabe? Eu adoro meu corpo e agradeço muito pelo que tenho, em vez de pensar no que poderia ter de melhor. Lembrem-se sempre que vocês são lindas, exatamente da maneira que são! Aceitem o seu corpo! #mesintolindacomosou! Apoio essa campanha e luto para que um dia todas as mulheres vejam que são lindas exatamente da maneira que são! @manugavassi! ❤

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"And then I realized adventures are the best way to learn." ????

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Gratidão a Deus e gratidão pela vida. Antes de pedir por qualquer coisa, simplesmente agradeça! Agradecer sempre pelo que temos em vez de pensarmos naquilo que gostaríamos de ter, agradecer pelas pessoas, pelo dia que se passou. Agradecer pelos desafios e obstáculos impostos pela vida, pelos menores gestos e detalhes do dia-a-dia, ou pelo simples fato de ainda estarmos aqui. Mas, principalmente, agradecer por todas as lições e aprendizados que podemos tirar de situações boas e ruins durante toda a nossa vida! É isso que nos faz crescer! É nos adaptarmos e conseguirmos ver o lado bom de qualquer mudança ou circunstância adversa, por mais difícil que pareça! ? E a todos vocês que tornam os meus dias muito melhores e mais felizes, meu muito obrigada! ❤️?? – "The more you thank life, the more life gives you reasons to be thankful for."

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Pelo menos o frio foi em uma perna só ?⛄️✌?️ – At least there was just one leg freezing ?⛄️✌?️

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This is Comino ??? Biquíni lindo @ciamaritimabeachwear #worldstudy #worldstudybh

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Morning, Malta! ☕️??

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Morning ??☕️

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Calma na Alma ????? Saudade desse lugar incrível… ? @_bbluebeachouses

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