on Feb 17, 2012
Kelly Falardeau came by my home a couple of weeks ago for a quick chat and photo shoot. What an interesting woman! I am so proud to have her on board the campaign! While she was at my place we also decided to take a few extra photos to help spread awareness about how easly photos can be manipulated, and that young girls shouldn't look up to the women in magazines just as much as they shouldn't look at a painting for inspiration on beauty. These photos are a creation from the artists' mind and not real life. Please press for the link if you wish to see the photo and read more. Kelly before and after.
When Kelly Falardeau was two years old she was on a farm playing with her cousins, when a ember from the fire pit caused her dress to ignite and engulf her in flames. 75% of her body suffered severe third degree burns and caused her to almost die as a result. After years of surgeries and therapy, Kelly was left with her physical scars. Throughout school and in the public she regularly was a victim...... of bullying. 'SCAR-FACED' was a frequent term she would hear, while she longed to be 'normal'.
Today Kelly embraces her scars and her story. She understands that they have played a fundamental role in her life and uses her positive knowledge while she does motivational speaking. Traveling all over the world to talk to woman's groups and burn victims, she inspires all she meets. She has also written a couple books on self esteem that have made the best seller list. She pushes the idea that No Risk means No Rewards. And last year she even made the Top 10 Most Influential Speakers of 2011 A list she shares with Oprah Winfrey, Max Simon, Joyce Meyer and Paula Fellingham. Despite a tragic near death situation at such a tender age, she continues to make others around her smile and embraces the very life she has.