Mama Cax, who was she? Celebrated by Google Doodle is an American-Haitian model
The model, a cancer survivor and outspoken supporter of diversity in the fashion business, passed away in 2019 after a week-long illness.Google on Wednesday unveiled a Google Doodle in honour of Black History Month that emphasises several important facets of Mama Cax’s life, including her brazen display of her prosthetic leg while modelling.The inaugural celebration of what would become Black History Month was suggested by American scholar Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In order to encourage the study of black history in schools, he had organised what was then known as Negro History Week. The commemoration of Black History Month progressively expanded to encompass an entire month and spread throughout the country until President Gerald Ford officially recognised it in 1976.Cax, who was born Cacsmy Brutus on November 20, 1989, in Brooklyn, New York, spent a large portion of her youth there.
She was diagnosed with lung and bone cancer when she was 14 years old, and her prognosis was three weeks. Her right leg and a portion of her hip had to be amputated when a hip replacement failed.She originally had trouble adjusting to the shock of losing a body part, but she soon got over it and started speaking out in favour of the body positivity movement. Her essays on travel, food, leisure, and beauty influenced hundreds of thousands of internet readers.
Cax was invited to the White House in September 2016 to take part in a fashion display hosted by Barack and Michelle Obama. She made her professional modelling debut in a commercial in 2017 and was immediately signed by Jag Models. She appeared in commercials for Tommy Hilfiger and Sephora in addition to walking the catwalk for Chromat and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty.