Burn Victim Survivor Walks the Plank, Wins Award and Lives to Tell the Story
09/17/2010

Kelly Falardeau was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Fashion Has No Borders Every Woman Model Search competition in Calgary, but her story is not that of your typical beauty queen. Against all odds Falardeau made it into the Top 10 from among 1,500 contestants across Alberta. She is now a keynote speaker and speaking about 3 different keynotes, "Beauty from Within", "No Risks, No Rewards" and "Can't vs Can".

Online PR News – 17-September-2010 – – Kelly Falardeau was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Fashion Has No Borders Every Woman Model Search competition in Calgary, but her story is not that of your typical beauty queen. Against all odds Falardeau made it into the Top 10 from among 1,500 contestants across Alberta.

An accident when she was two caused Falardeau to suffer burns on 75 per cent of her body. She had to undergo years of painful surgeries to treat the burns and she was teased mercilessly as a kid.

“I entered into this competition to prove to myself and all other women that beauty comes from the inside,” said Falardeau. “As a burn survivor, I’m never going to be your typical image of beauty. What I want to share with others through this competition is that real beauty comes from loving yourself just as you are, being courageous and having an inner confidence that radiates out.”

As a burn survivor I’m never going to be your typical image of beauty. What I want to share with others through this competition is that real beauty comes from loving yourself just as you are being courageous and having an inner confidence that radiates out.

It took a lot of courage for Falardeau, who had spent all her life avoiding the spotlight, to walk the plank/catwalk in front of hundreds of people. Her winning the People’s Choice Award is an indication that her message of true beauty has touched the people.

Falardeau’s life story is an inspiration to all women, especially those who struggle in meeting the “beauty ideal.” Growing up amidst whispers, stares and rejection, Falardeau learned quickly the meaning of “pulling yourself up by the boot straps and creating your own reality.”

Falardeau will be a motivational speaker at the World Burn Congress in Texas this October 20-23, 2010 on two different topics, ‘Journaling/Blogging for Fun and Soul’ and ‘Sexuality and Intimacy.’ She will also be making a pitstop in Salt Lake City to speak about “Can’t vs Can” and the “Beauty from Within” on Oct 18 & 19, 2010.

When Falardeau spoke at the Aboriginal Women Empowering Women Conference, women were saying how awesome, engaging and powerful Falardeau’s message was. They found her “beauty exercise” to be a tremendous benefit in helping them to find their true beauty.

About Kelly Falardeau: Kelly is a burn victim survivor who uses her experience and scars to teach others how to embrace their differences and celebrate their beauty -- inside and out. She is a three-time successful entrepreneur, creator and producer of a niche market documentary called SexAbility and the author of the book Me & You. She is past president of the Alberta Burn Rehabilitation Society and a strong supporter of the Canadian Burn Foundation and Alberta Children’s Burn Camp. A wife and mother of three kids including a set of identical twins, Falardeau enjoys success as an international motivational keynote speaker and blogger (www.mykellyf.com or http://blog.mykellyf.com ).

For speaker bookings, call Kelly Falardeau (780) 297-0019 or email mykellyf@gmail.com

For media enquiries, call Janeen Norman (403) 836-7621 or email janeennorman@gmail.com

Website: www.mykellyf.com
Blog: http://blog.mykellyf.com
Email: mykellyf@gmail.com

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