Dejana Backo is a living example of how amazing it is that people can do anything they set their minds to.

Dejana was born with a rare birth defect called phocomelia syndrome. This was known as soon as she was born. It causes the limbs to be very badly shaped, which in her case meant that her arms were very small. Dejana has had problems since she was born, but that hasn’t stopped her from living her life to the fullest.


Dejana is only 30, but she has already become a talented artist, a world champion in ParaTaekwondo, a fitness coach, and a “super mom,” showing that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it.

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Meet Dejana Backo, an accomplished athlete, an artist, and a mom who was born without arms

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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As a child, Dejana didn’t understand why she was born with a disability, but she soon learned that it didn’t define her or stop her from living a full life.

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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Dejana was always interested in art, but she also had an active lifestyle and grew highly interested in sports.

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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Backo took up Para taekwondo and Para archery. Now Dejana is a renowned Serbian athlete, who won the Para-Taekwondo World Champion in 2019, in Turkey

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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Backo joined the Society of Mouth and Foot Painters when she was 9 years old. This was her first step toward becoming a well-known artist.

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

Image credits: devojka_sa_krilima

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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In Serbia, Dejana is also known as ‘the girl with wings’ after she appeared on a national TV show

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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Marko, who works as a fitness teacher, is in love with Dejana. Together, they like to travel to new places and post about it on social media.

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

Image credits: devojka_sa_krilima

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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Dejana was planning on participating in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games; however, recently she and her partner Marko had a baby

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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Due to giving birth to their beautiful baby girl Lara, Dejana had to postpone her sports career

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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Dejana is still very busy on social media, and she continues to use her platform to bring attention to important issues and inspire others.

‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

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‘The Girl With Wings’: Dejana Backo, A Woman Born Without Arms, Proves That No Challenge Is Impossible

Image credits: devojka_sa_krilima