Jessica Cox: Born without arms, flying with her feet!

Meet the record breaker


Jessica Cox was born on February 2, 1983, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, U.S. Incredibly, Jessica was born without arms due to a rare birth defect. After graduating from high school, Jessica Cox attended the University of Arizona in 2005 where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in communications. Today, Jessica is renowned as a motivational speaker and the first to fly airplane with only her feet (world’s first licensed armless pilot) as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association.


Limb-itless: Woman Born Without Arms Defies All Odds


Doctors can’t explain it


While the doctors do not know why she was born “differently-abled”, Jessica has set records with her feet that most people only dream of. Now she shares her epic story to inspire people around the world. Jessica has learned to live her life just with her feet.


Family is everything


There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet. Today, She is happy married to the love of her life.



And the girl danced


As a child, Jessica studied dance in her home town. When the first performance arrived, she asked to be put in the back row. Her dance teacher told her there was no back row. Tentatively she took the stage with the other students and performed her routine. When she finished, the applause from the audience gave her encouragement and the confidence to continue dancing for 14 years.


The record


At the age of 10, Jessica began training in taekwondo at a school in her home town of Sierra Vista. At the age of 14, she earned her first black belt. Learning how to fly with her feet became Jessica’s most famous accomplishment.


She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet. Now, Jessica’s life mission is inspiring others and helping them ditch their comfort zones and excuses through motivational speaking. She travels around the world sharing her story and encouraging people to be creative and innovative with the slogan “Think outside the shoe”. Jessica has shared her message in 20 different countries.




In 2015 Jessica published an autobiographical self-help book, ‘Disarm Your Limits’ in order to inspire people to overcome their own challenges through the lessons she has learned in her life. Jessica is the subject of the documentary ‘Right Footed’. The film is directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark. The documentary chronicles Jessica’s life, mentorship, humanitarian trips to Ethiopia and the Philippines, as well as her efforts to pass the CRPD in the US Senate.

The patented invention of a “Lower Extremity Vehicle Navigation Control System”, which allows people to drive a car without the use of their upper body, by the Emirati engineer Reem Al Marzouqi was inspired by Cox.


Jessica Cox rose above her challenges to gift her life as a ‘rose to the world’.
What’s your excuse?

Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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