Hey guys! Welcome to Episode 23 of the Be Real Podcast. My guest today is an incredible young woman named Krystian Leonard. She is the president of a non-profit organization called Shining Scars, an award winning author, co-author of the book “10 habits of contagiously optimistic people,” a TED talk speaker, a pageant queen, AND a freshman in college. Not only is Krystian so accomplished but she is also extremely well spoken and tells a damn captivating story.
We talk about how she went from hating who she was because of the multiple surgeries she had growing up that left her with huge scars, to winning beauty pageants and starting a non-profit when she was 15 years old. Krystian explains the extreme bullying she endured because of her scars, how she overcame stigmas and was FINALLY able to accept and love herself despite all the hate from her peers. This is one of the most beautiful and interesting stories of overcoming struggle that I’ve had on the show and its worth every minute of