I might still be "that Bosnian girl," and I will always be "a refugee," but I don't feel like an outsider anymore.
Even before I understood what albinism was, I understood its effect, and it made me aware that I was different. My mother told me stories of how, when I was very young, I knew when people were staring at me, and made sure I’d let them know. As I grew older, I became even more aware of my differences.
NURSE. PERFORMER. NURTURER.
"I simply didn’t fit into American culture. I went through a culture shock because none of the kids at school wore uniforms or spoke my language, or even ate what I ate for breakfast."
Mind is power! Inspiration from a relentless Pakistani American who kept fighting for herself, and building her mind and soul while on the journey to her happily ever after.
PLUS SIZE MODEL. BLOGGER FOR CURVY GIRLS. BODY POSITIVE ACTIVIST.
"I then realized that the only way I was going to be happy was if I stopped giving a damn what people thought and started loving myself for who I am."
A Dominican Plus Size model shares how she learned to love herself and prove the best is yet to come. And yes, she's got the curves to prove it!
ARTIST. FEMINIST. DAYDREAMER.
"So instead of teasing, it was sympathy for my appearance which became clear to me: I was the weakest of beings. I should either be teased or felt sorry for."
A London born, Ugandan shares how she learned to let go of "normal" and embrace what's real. .and she's taking the fashion world by storm while doing it!
JOURNALIST. FOODIE. WANDERLUST.
“At the age of 10, I weighed more than 150 pounds and could eat two burgers in one go. My primary schoolteacher named me Little Fattie — just to differentiate me and Big Fattie — the other large girl.”
In a culture where body-shaming is the norm, a Hong Kong foodie finds self-acceptance regardless of her size.
DOER. LISTENER. ADVOCATE.
"I am a person who stutters and what I have to say is important. It may take me a little longer to get my words out, but I now know my voice deserves to be heard."
How a stutter helped a speech pathologist find her voice. Now she's helping others find their voice and the worth in their words.
WOMAN. NERD. STORYTELLER.
“Things are clearer now. I won’t lie to you; it took me 30 years, a couple of killed startups and one divorce to get where I am right now.”
In a world where everyone had something to say, this self-made techie had to learn to listen to the voice within — and now she has all of our attention!