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About Shining S.C.A.R.S.
Growing up Krystian experienced first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with visible scars. She found the strength she needed to overcome her self-image and decided at the age of 14 to make a change in how she perceived herself, one year later she entered in her first Miss America Scholarship Organization preliminary pageant.
As part of her application Krystian was to choose a platform for which she would become an advocate for. She wanted to choose a platform that she could be passionate about, and thus Shining S.C.A.R.S. was born.
Krystian continues to prove that she is more than the stigmas left by her scars and has made it her life's mission to help others heal so they, too, can say “no matter what my scars say to you, they hold a meaning of Strength and Character, showing I have Accepted who I am and prove I can Rise above the Stigma.
About Krystian Leonard...
Krystian Leonard is a 17 year old high school student with an adventurous spirit. She dedicates countless hours volunteering and supporting various charities annually.
When Krystian was 10 years old, Tiffany Lawerence, Miss West Virginia 2006 paid a visit to her grade school and after listening to her speak on the '5 Steps to a More Improved You', Krystian knew then that one day she wanted to be just like Tiffany, strong and beautiful.
Since her journey began, Krystian wrote her first children's book at age 15, titled Shining Scars, which was published by Headline Books, as a way to meet the need of children just like herself, who are healing and living with visible scars.
Krystian founded her non-profit organization Shining S.C.A.R.S. as an outreach to help others healing from visible scars. With the help of local sponsors and fundraising events, Krystian has been able to travel spreading her message of self-acceptance both near and far. She has donated her children's book and speaks at area schools and clubs. Along the way she has made new friends, who share their stories and strength behind their scars. You can read about them under Shining Stars.
Now a co-author for Contagious Optimism book 2, she recently spoke at the Contagious Optimism Live event in Jupiter Florida, and also gave her first TED talk at TEDxBocaRaton New Beginnings.