"We see beauty everywhere, yet when we look in the mirror we often come up empty handed. Learning to love myself empowered me to become a more compassionate person, someone that sees beauty all around."
"When my close friend died, it taught me to appreciate life and experience all the greatness it has to offer."
"As a model I should be comfortable with rejection but disappointment is always hard. Remembering where I come from is what empowers me to move beyond feeling let down and embrace letting it go."
"I am someone who is seen. Today my hope is to be heard. Sharing my story is empowering me to stand tall and be proud of who I am."
"When things didn’t work out in my life, perseverance and compassion empowered me to move on, reminding me that dignity is never lost and in the end love always wins."
"Knowing that my parents struggled so I could have my independence empowers my desire to fulfill the American dream."
"Winning a medal was testimony to believing in myself. It’s a symbol of the strength that empowered me to reach for my full potential."
"My parents left Vietnam to create a better life for us, their sense of determination empowers me on a daily basis. It reminds me to be grateful for all that I have."
"When I lost my mother, I lost my confidante and best friend. Having children empowered me to continue in her tradition."