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  • Writer's pictureGigi Kraus


"I am a bigger girl.. in skin that people still look down on.. but I am kind and I am caring. I have a huge heart and I nurture those around me. I am what people today need to be more of. I know I am not alone.. but we need more selflessness and caring in this world. Especially today."

My mental illnesses and physical illnesses are another attribute to who I have become.. as I am overcoming them.. or living with them. Its a battle. I know a lot of people have this issue. We aren't alone. Mental illness is a real thing.

I'm more beautiful than people treat me.. (not just physically.) My mother and the way she treats people. How good of a person she is. How selfless. How strong. She is my hero and i strive to be like her every day.

What life experiences have made you who you are today?

I grew up in a predominantly white area. I was chubby and Chinese. I've dealt with bullies and racism my entire life.. to make things shorter.. I've overcome how I've been treated. I've lost a lot of weight. I am now coming into my own skin, only at 37.. when it seems the world is falling apart. Its not a fantastic story, but its my story.

What is the life lesson that you learned from it that you could pass on to others?

Learning how to love myself when no one else did. We are all beautiful, all special and all needed and loved by someone. As lonely as life can be, we aren't alone.

Seeing the beauty within. Looking back at all you've accomplished and being able to face the next day with your chin held high. Love radiates from within.. and it heals the people around us, when we nurture it.

What words of wisdom, based on your personal experience, would you like to share with others who struggle to see their own self worth?

Your battles are what make you, you. Don't ever sell yourself short. We all handle things differently.. and we all see things differently. Every day is worth the struggle.

Why are beautiful photos important for you right now?

After a lifetime of being told I will never be what anyone wants unless I change.. I am finally able to accept me for me. I am who I am. I am proud of me.

If you meet this beautiful woman, Lisa is one of the most down-to-earth person you will ever get to know. She is the kind of person who is soft spoken and kind and when she smiles she radiates joy.

"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. BE KIND." -unknown

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