Expectant mother Andrea Grant isn’t afraid to show her skin — which for this burn victim is an act of bravery and self-love.
When Grant was only nine years old, she and her brother were trapped in a house fire that left more than 85 percent of her body covered in burns. Fifteen years later, those scars, have had a lasting affect not just aesthetically, but health-wise. The pregnant mother was told by her doctor that due to having burns across her stomach, she would probably miscarry her son by her fourth month.
But now in her 37th week of pregnancy, Grant, who also has a four-year-old daughter, has defied the odds and celebrated by giving herself a photoshoot with photographer Terrence Armand in which she had her belly out and proud, People wrote.
“I learned to love myself unconditionally, Because I am a queen #BurnSurvivor,” Grant wrote on an Instagram photo of herself rocking a long, lace skirt with a crop top and a crown.
While she shared the photos of the shoot with her followers, Grant admitted that she had no idea they would go viral. One post alone garnered more than 70,000 likes in a week.
“I had no idea that would be the outcome,” the Jacksonville, Florida-native recently told the Huffington Post.
“It’s a blessing,” she added.
Grant hopes that her photos can help raise awareness for her organization Beyond Scars, which she started about two years ago. Through her organization, Grant provides “mentoring and resources for burn victims and their families.” She also hopes that other victims see that they are beautiful too — scars and all.
“Life is worth living with scars, so embrace the stares and live,” she said.
Ain't that the truth.
(Photo: Terrence Armand via Instagram)
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