As a Kid, Jessica Cox Was Angry About Her Limitations. Today, She Flies Planes With Her Feet.
Director Nick Spark met Jessica Cox while the 31-year-old woman was in the midst of wedding planning. He therefore expected her to talk about the dress she’d picked out or the cake she’d ordered — typical wedding topics. Instead, she went on about how excited she was that three girls she’d invited — all with limb differences — would get to see that a woman without arms had found love.
Cox was born without her arms, but she’s grown to eliminate the phrase, “I can’t,” from her vocabulary. She’s a Black Belt in Taekwondo, has earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and is the first woman to fly a plane with her feet, according to Guinness World Records. Now, she works as a motivational speaker and humanitarian.
“Jessica has committed herself to the idea that ‘disability’ does not mean ‘inability,’” Spark, who’s directed a documentary on Cox, told The Mighty.
That film, “Rightfooted,” follows Cox as she travels from country to country advocating for people with disabilities and inspiring others to challenge their limitations.
“I can tell you today that if I was given the choice, I wouldn’t want the arms,” Cox says in the documentary’s trailer (below). “Because of the wonderful things I’ve been able to do, [and] the lives I’ve been able to touch.”
Here’s how you can support Jessica Cox and the production of “Rightfooted.”