Lauren Scott has become the new hotness on social media recently. The 20-year-old from San Diego has close to 30,000 followers on Instagram and more than 80,000 on Twitter at the time of this writing. Her popularity online has to do with a mix of her winning sense of humor, her stunning good looks, and her frank willingness to discuss and joke about her recently severed arm.
Scott lost her arm in an accident only a year ago, and she admits she was defensive and angry at first. But she used her already-popular Twitter account to vent her frustrations and make jokes to cope with the trauma.
But what’s especially gained Scott attention is her frank profile on the dating app Tinder. Knowing there was no point in trying to conceal or obfuscate her injury in her bio, she made light of it. And that worked like a charm. Not only did her bio earn Scott plenty of right swipes, but screenshots of it went viral on Twitter and Reddit.
Scott admits her attention-grabbing Tinder profile wasn’t a work of calculated brilliance; it was booze-soaked destiny.
"I got home pretty drunk, and I don't remember typing it up really," she told BuzzFeed News. "I just woke up to someone DM'ing me a Reddit post asking if it was me, and I was like damn, I guess it is."
The Internet being the cesspool that it is, it’s not surprising that some people who have seen Scott’s profiles have given her a hard time. But she’s been resilient in the face of trolls because most of the response she’s gotten has been loving and supportive. Ultimately, the experience “showed me that people still found me beautiful and missing an arm didn’t make me less of a person,” Scott told HuffPost.
Despite the horror of the accident, Scott was lucky that off-duty police officer Reid Shipley of the Carlsbad Police Department was driving past not long after. A bystander flagged Shipley down. He called his nearest colleague, Officer Stephen Brown, and the two police officers helped save Scott’s life.
More than a year after her accident, Scott is still saving money to afford a prosthetic arm. She started a GoFundMe campaign that, as of this writing, has earned $31,000 of a $50,000 goal. Scott says she’s asking for help “because of how incredibly expensive bionic arms are.”
While Scott isn’t embarrassed by her missing arm, a prosthetic obviously would be an improvement. But she remains pragmatic.
“I've been thinking about this a lot lately and how significantly it would improve my life,” Scott wrote on her GoFundMe page. “I am not ashamed of my injury and i've always embraced it but I'd like to have an arm back, any arm. Now i know the goal is a lot but I'm young and have time.”
Scott's internet popularity has earned her lost of attention in the mainstream media. She's had to learn to laugh at the particular weirdness that comes with that. You know we'd never do you like this, Lauren.
If you'd like to contribute to Scott's GoFundMe campaign, you can find it at https://www.gofundme.com/2un5pn8s. You can also follow her on Twitter, where her handle is @DuckFanAccount, and she's @duckusername on Instagram. To find her on Tinder, you'll just have to cross your fingers.