An Unlikely Beauty | MelissaRoshan Potter | TEDxColumbus by TEDx Talks   3 years ago

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Fashion models are typically the epitome of beauty that most people want to achieve, but can’t. They are almost “aliens among us” in that their ethereal beauty is often uncommon. Our speaker, who is a model, takes us on her gut-wrenching journey of discovering her true beauty after facing many setbacks, and traumas. Born to a young teen mother, whose pregnancy was the result of raped, MelRo was subsequently placed in many foster-homes before being discovered as a model. Follow along as she shares the ugliest parts of her life that ultimately led her to discover her true inner-beauty.

As unique as her name, MelissaRoshan is an uncommon talent. With over a decade in the business, she has landed magazine covers, billboards, print ads, commercials, music videos, and album artwork. But what this respected model, author, and speaker is most proud of, is owning the title of Survivor.

From the days of her tumultuous childhood, MelissaRoshan knew she was meant for so much more. Vowing to overcome, not only embarked on her own journey toward healing, but also became committed to encouraging others rise from their painful pasts. Today she has grown into a full time freelance artist, auto show narrator, motivational speaker, and published author. Her riveting memoir, “A Beautiful Freedom” chronicles her personal evolution from trial to triumph.

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