Hanne Gaby Odiele by Harley Weir for DAZED March 2014
When you see Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele on the runway, you might never notice that under several layers of expertly applied makeup there are scars that are a constant reminder of how quickly life can change.
In December 2006, Odiele was crossing the street when a speeding car blew threw a red light and struck her. The model broke both her legs and several other bones in her body and was left bedridden for months. Despite facing a long, hard road of recovery, she was determined to get back on the catwalk.
"I had too much energy—I had to walk again," Odiele said.
And she did. After multiple surgeries and months of intense physical therapy, Odiele made her way back onto the runway. She walked nearly 60 shows during the spring and fall 2008 seasons, and continues to be a runway regular today.
"I’m more mature after my accident and take modeling more seriously," she said. "I know fashion can help me do great things in the future, but it’s most important to enjoy each day as it comes."