When I was younger, if someone told me ‘no’ it made me that much more determined I was going to do it.
So when I heard the story of today’s Fabulous Friday Female Kiki Peck, I felt like I could really understand her.
Kiki was born with Kniest syndrome (a kind of dwarfism) and has spent her whole life hearing ‘no, you can’t do that’ or ‘no, you won’t be able to do that’.
What these people failed to take into consideration was the spirit and determination of the young woman they were speaking to.
They told her she couldn’t swim.
So she swam.
They told her she couldn’t dance.
So she danced.
They told her that she’d never be in a beauty pageant.
So she took part in a beauty pageant.
Her mother Cristina has always done whatever she could to support and encourage her daughter, and then recently she finally got an insight into her life in a way she never expected.
Cristina was diagnosed with breast cancer, and when she lost her hair rather than covering it up and hiding her condition, Cristina instead chose to bare her beautiful baldness to the world…and for the first time got a tiny glimpse into the stares, judgements and questioning looks her daughter had experienced her whole life.
Recently Chrstina and Kiki appeared on the Katie Couric show, to share their story:
So today I would like you to join me in acknowledging and celebrating Kiki and Cristina for their courage, inspiration and determination to not let anything hold them back from living life to the full. …and the next time you think ‘I can’t…’ I encourage you to think of this amazing young woman and ask yourself “What would Kiki do?” x
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
- Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU.
…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!