Born without arms, but still became a master photographer, painter, and digital artist. She painted with her mouth. Prominent member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World.
She attended The Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton in London. She was graduated in 1994, earning a first-class honors degree in Fine Art.
She was the subject of Mark Quinn's sculpture "Alison Lapper Pregnant" from 2007. It was replicated on a larger scale for the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony.
She was also born with truncated legs. She embraced her condition, phocomelia, and refused to wear artificial limbs. She gave birth to her son Parys in 1999. They would star together in "Child of Our Time," a continuous BBC documentary.
She and author Cressida Cowell both graduated from the University of Brighton.