The Beauty Guru With No Arms Or Legs ¦ BBC Stories
“My name’s Hannah Olateju, I’m twenty years old and I’m a social media influencer.” My childhood was extremely happy. I always remember laughing and running around like a headless chicken. Everything was pretty normal, and that transpired to me being a very confident person. I had meningitis when I was two years old. I always made a point of making people feel comfortable because I found that people sometimes feel quite uncomfortable with an amputee and they didn’t really know how
to cope with you or how to manage or how to speak sometimes. So I always make a point of complimenting them or making a joke, and basically showing them that everything’s fine, you know. Just chill, relax, you know the only difference between me and you is that I have less limbs, and probably like longer hair,
who cares you know. I think it’s very important that
people like myself and by that I mean, people who aren’t seen as normal, are seen in normal circumstances, because we need to show people that we’re just like them. You know we’re just living our lives,
we have a life too. We have things to do, maybe we have children, maybe we have you know
grandchildren, who knows. Life is not that different. What I used to do when I was younger as well, when I was insecure. I would only look up body positive content, and that’s all that my Instagram
would show me. So eventually I just came across a lot of people like myself. It really helps me and my confidence and even my mum says “ooh Hannah I haven’t seen
that from you before,” but it seems sassy and I think I just grew through that. I didn’t plan to become an influencer. I just basically started posting things on my lifestyle, restaurants I liked, places I like to travel to, family vacations, and people started taking an
interest so I thought, OK, well, I can actually make something of it. When I was younger, I never really saw people like myself on TV. I didn’t see anything.
So I became that example for myself. I just think of all the other millions of girls out there who need someone who’s inspiring, who has faced the odds, and who just want that person to say, it’s OK, it’s OK to be yourself. It’s OK to be, you know, have a little extra it’s OK to be skinny. It’s OK to have acne. To people who think that we should just be behind the curtain and not be looked at, they need to get a life first of all. They need to go and focus on their own life and let people like myself
continue making our money living our life, travelling,
and living our best life.