A woman who was born without arms performs everyday tasks with her feet and even eats with chopsticks using her toes.
Inga Petry, 20, from Atlanta, Georgia, does not wear prosthetics because she can dexterously cook, eat, get dressed and apply makeup – with her feet.
She was born in Novosibirsk in Siberia with upper limb aplasia – a condition where a baby’s arms do not form in the womb – but is otherwise perfectly healthy.
She was adopted by American couple Daniel and Jennifer Petry, when she was two-and-a-half-years-old.
With the help and support of her loving adoptive family, she’s learned to use her feet to her advantage.
Law student Inga said: ‘I use my legs to write and type. I use them to eat and I also cook a lot with my feet.
‘I have wonderful friends and a wonderful boyfriend who help me when I get in over my head.
‘I have been given prosthetics and I was thankful for them, but they don’t really work for me. I have gotten along so well without them.’
In exclusive videos, Inga shows off her dexterous feet by curling her lashes and applying mascara with her toes.
Inga knows nothing about her biological parents as it was a closed adoption, but she would have faced a tough future in Russia with her disability.
She said: ‘I have never met my birth parents but I know that because of the culture in Russia, I might have been sent to an asylum and the stigma would have been unbearable.
‘It was better for me to be adopted.’
Daniel, 46, an accountant, and Jennifer, 47, a musician, raised Inga in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and ensured that her disability would not hold her back.
Inga added: ‘My parents taught me that there were no excuses.
‘My mother was a music teacher and she taught me how to play the cello without arms.
‘Living without arms is all I’ve ever known. I do think I had to work a little harder to get where I wanted to be.
‘I decided to move to New York City, probably not the easiest city for anyone, let alone someone without arms.
‘I ride the subway and I do fine.’
Inga is a pre-law major and hopes to become an attorney one day.
Her disability has not affected her love life and during COVID she quarantined with her boyfriend of 18 months, Joseph Macuga, 22.
But Inga said she does sometimes receive unpleasant, overly-sexualized messages on social media.
She said: ‘I get over-sexualized comments and a lot of people asking if I can read.
‘Some people have said to me that I’m really pretty for someone who doesn’t have arms.
‘That’s supposed to be a compliment, but it doesn’t feel like a compliment.
‘I could spend the rest of my life crying that I don’t have arms but I got over that pretty quickly.’
She added that she is also interested in modeling and believes that there should be more diversity in photo shoots and fashion shows.
‘I think it would be incredible to see more women with disabilities in the modeling and fashion industry,’ Inga said.