Barbie Thomas, who lost both of her arms in a transformer accident when she was 2 years old, has competed as a bodybuilder in Phoenix, Ariz., since 2000. When Barbie was younger she danced, swam and played soccer but it wasn’t until 2000 that she found her true calling and started training to be a bodybuilder.
While she hasn’t placed first against a crowded field of competitors, she says she’ll do it someday. “When I first decided I wanted to compete, I talked with an organizer who told me I’d never win,” she said. “When someone says I can’t do something, it lights a fire under me.”
Barbie went on to say, “I believe I am here on earth to be an example and an inspiration. [GOD] let me live, my mom held up her end of the bargain, and the rest is up to me! All I can say is I’ll do my best!”
And you’re probably sitting at your office like me bitching about how it’s Monday.