Model: Christine Ballart
Spina Bifida

Student / Liberal Arts, Psychology

This quote from A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh fits me perfectly, except that I know all of these things about myself already. It was the doctors and some teachers that didn’t think I would make it as far as I have. I am a fighter and I have been from the very day I was born. But that is because of the people who have fought for me, my family. I have had many ups and downs, but have overcome these obstacles through my strength and resilience. I refuse to allow someone to tell me that I can’t do something. I will try it once and if I can’t do it, then I know for sure it wasn’t meant to be. Beauty to me is something that is not necessarily pretty. It is not about looks or body types, but something that is in your heart. If you feel beautiful on the inside, you are beautiful on the outside.

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Photographed by Blasius Erlinger