Enjoyed my time as a speaker and moderator for the Next Gen Summit held in the beautiful Austin Texas. Truly honored to have received the Next Gen Summit Humanitarian Award, a recognition voted on by my peers and audience who were in attendance, for my work and passion for Shining Scars. This was an incredible conference for millennialls by millenials. One of my favorite parts of this incredible event...meeting one of my idols - J.R. Martinez, veteran, actor, advocate, author, motivational speaker and Dancing with the Stars winner for season 13! He is such an inspiration and incredible soul, you can find me at jrmartinez.com.

Enjoyed my time as a speaker and moderator for the Next Gen Summit held in the beautiful Austin Texas. Truly honored to have received the Next Gen Summit Humanitarian Award, a recognition voted on by my peers and audience who were in attendance, for my work and passion for Shining Scars. This was an incredible conference for millennialls by millenials. One of my favorite parts of this incredible event...meeting one of my idols - J.R. Martinez, veteran, actor, advocate, author, motivational speaker and Dancing with the Stars winner for season 13! He is such an inspiration and incredible soul, you can find me at jrmartinez.com.

I Became A UYDer!

Using My Difference to Make A Difference!  Check out this awesome magazine and articles by Tayo Rockson. Follow on and join - together we can all shine bright!

http://www.uydmag.com/uyders-2/2014/11/3/shining-scars-by-krystian-leonard

LIGHTING UP THE SKY WITH SHINING S.C.A.R.S.

2014 APR 29

Krystian Leonard has many titles, high school student, Miss Northern West Virginia, public speaker, author, but more importantly, founder. Just a junior in high school, Leonard is the founder of the nonprofit organization Shining S.C.A.R.S., developed as an outreach to help people dealing with visible scars.

At the age of 6, Leonard had her first surgical procedure that left her with a 9-inch scar. After a revision surgery, and a preventative one to remove a large birthmark, she was left with more scarring. As a result, she was bullied in school and called names, such as Frankenstein. She says that even after a scar heals, “it still carries with it the stigma of a monstrous character unworthy of social acceptance, let alone beauty.”

She said a change came in the way she thought of her scars when she was 10 years old and Miss West Virginia, at the time, visited her school. She showed Leonard that she should always believe in her dreams, and that year she decided that when she grew up she would be Miss West Virginia. Her pageant journey began from there and Shining S.C.A.R.S. was created after she learned she needed a platform statement to compete in the Miss America pageant system.

Through her nonprofit, Leonard has met many children with scars of their own and shared her experiences with her scars to show it is possible to overcome social stigmas. The name of her organization was chosen to reflect just that, the acronym stands for Strength andCharacter, showing I have Accepted who I am and prove I can Rise above the Stigma. She wants to reach as many people as possible and let them know that, “Scars are a reminder that we are stronger than before and we have within ourselves the strength and ability to overcome all obstacles.” To spread that message, she wrote a book that she donates to children’s hospitals, titled Shining Scars.

Leonard’s was recently recognized by United States Senator Joe Manchin III for her selfless dedication to helping others. She will be a keynote speaker for TEDx Boca Raton on May 9th, and an essay she wrote about her story will be included in the second edition of Contagious Optimism, Book 2, to be released in the autumn of this year. Meanwhile, she will continue donating her time to various organizations, including the Humane Society and Salvation Army.

By Jasmin Cruz 

Smile TV Group

http://www.smiletvgroup.com/articles/
Citizen of the Month...The Shinnston News & Harrison County Journal

Thank you Connect Bridgport - Trina Runner for the wonderful article sharing my trips for Shining Scars. Contagious Optimism LIVE and TEDx Boca Raton! <3 #ShineBright

http://www.connect-bridgeport.com/connect.cfm?func=view§ion=News&item=Local-Beauty-Queen-Selected-As-Keynote-Speaker-at-Two-National-Conferences7585
Scars to Prove It ~ By Miriah Hamrick WV Living Magazine - Winter 13

Scars to Prove It ~ By Miriah Hamrick

WV Living Magazine - Winter 13

 Thank you to Fourpoints Magazine for the following shares!   

Overcoming Ideal Beauty thru Self-Acceptance

Check out my article featured in Kandee G Enterprises Fall/Winter 2013 Edition of Nothing But Good News

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Nothing But Good News - Winter Edition 2013

Check out Landau Eugene Murphy's Biography out in stores now - you may see this picture in there!

Thanks you Landau! 

Landau Eugene Murphy - a WV Native and winner of America's Got Talent 2011 - Biography; So excited he added this photo from Book Expo America in NYC in his recently published book.

Landau Eugene Murphy - a WV Native and winner of America's Got Talent 2011 - Biography; So excited he added this photo from Book Expo America in NYC in his recently published book.