I’d like to share why I am a Raw Beauty by illustrating a little bit about my disability, why I feel I am a powerful and beautiful woman, and how I give back to others.

On June 22, 2006 a man broke into my home and shot me in the neck. At the time, I was seven months pregnant. Due to the amount of blood loss, the blood I carried in my womb saved my life. Sadly my unborn child did not survive. The moment I felt his spirit leave my body haunts me to this day. I am  now a C-6/7 with increased movement, however, I utilize a power chair for my mobility.

Power and beauty is an inner strength, that overflows from the abundance of your heart. Life itself is a challenge, filled with adversities, and obstacles we must learn to overcome. Learning to face and embrace them with grace is power. Filling your heart with faith and hope is beauty. Knowing there is a God who has a perfect plan and purpose for my life, is what gives me the power and beauty I need to be who I am today and who I will become tomorrow.

My everlasting passion of encouraging individuals with, disabilities of all ages to embrace their challenges, further their education, be self- advocates, and inspire others is demonstrated through my dedicated involvement in numerous groups, organizations, and volunteerism. In addition, I hold the following titles Ms. Wheelchair California First Runner Up 2010 & 2012 and Ms. Wheelchair California 2013.

The late Gianni Versace quotes, “Don’t make fashion own you, but you own what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and they way you live”. As a Raw Beauty model I mimic Versace’s quote, taking my tragedy and making it something beautiful, embracing my disability, and loving who I am. I own my disability, it does not own me. Despite my tragedy, I am a powerful and beautiful woman, and I take great pride in how I am giving back to others.