Krystian's Kolumn: Body Positive Fashion Show was Big Success; More Books on the Way

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | October 07, 2017
“I show my scars so that others know they can heal” – Rhachelle Nicol

I hope you took a minute to glance at the night sky this week and were able to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous full moon that was shining so bright it was visible even in the morning light. I called it a harvest moon, and it was truly a sight to see.
This week I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Body Positive Fashion Show at WVU. It was a wonderful event hosted by the WVU Student Health group and coordinated by Chelsea Betts. Chelsea did an incredible job organizing this event and I loved speaking on the topic of chasing perfection and my ongoing work to shatter the scar stigma and show that beauty is as flawsome as you are. I am attaching a link so that you can give it a listen or share it with someone you know.
Also worth noting, I had a sweet amateur camera lady, (aka mom) who remembered to record my speech for me. No matter how bad she feels because she isn’t the steadiest shot, I couldn’t have been more grateful that she took time to do this for me. Sharing more of my work is a goal of mine and I appreciate all the volunteer work she and my board members continuously give.

This week also brought more exciting news and I will soon be on the road to Virginia! Stay tuned and follow me on social media for updates.
I am also anxiously waiting to receive a new batch of paperback books for Cuddles for Clefts, and should have them this week. These newly printed editions will make it easier and more cost efficient to ship internationally. If you would like to sponsor a cuddle pack or make a donation for these books to Shining Scars, you can do so at or

Life continues to challenge us all, and I am determined to grow my Shining Scars platform to include a number of healing projects that will have a positive impact on communities worldwide. Shining Scars has an incredible potential to grow into a healing agent and an organization that will be there to offer something that we all sometimes take for granted, empathy and kindness. I am not naïve to the fact that it takes large donations and funding to help communities recover, but I also cannot ignore the fact that so many people are in need of emotional support, especially young children and teens.
Krystian Leonard is the president and founder of the non-profit "Shinning S.C.A.R.S.". She is an award-wining author and a reporter for Channel Kindness.  Krystian is a graduate of Robert C. Byrd High School and attends West Virginia University. To contact Krystian, you can email her at or visit

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