Human beings are incredible— to take control of a situation all we need is a little bit of willpower and hard work.
FeedFond has compiled stories from ten people who have defied the odds and stereotypes to become an inspiration to us all.
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#1. Cindy Joseph
During her high school years, Cindy wanted to be “flawless”; she looked through every magazine she could get her hands on in search of ways to change her looks, but she just wasn’t satisfied. Eventually, she gave up as she realized that most teenagers suffer from issues related to self-esteem. Instead, she entered the fashion world as a makeup artist “to be in the game”. Her style? Natural. Just so that the inner personality and strength of the models would be reflected through the art of makeup.
As she embraced her age with enthusiasm, at age 49, a casting agent to model for Dolce and Gabbana approached her, igniting her modeling career with Ford Models Inc. She also has her own line of beauty products with a focus on pro-age products and healthy beauty. And that is what we call a Natural Beauty.
#2. Rinat Karimov
This “awesome-much” man is a tattoo artist from Moscow. Rinat Karimov—aka Captain Karamba—was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015. He created an Instagram page, @rinat_vs_lymphoma, which was rightfully named “Photoblog about me getting lymphoma and kicking its ass. Live.” It chronicled his battle and spread awareness about the disease.
He fought the disease for 51 weeks. And what a victorious moment it was when he declared his win to his 80,000 followers. We thank him for teaching us about willpower and the strength of the human spirit.
#3. Justin and Lauren Shelton
The couple was absolutely happy and grateful for everything in their life. They did not have qualms about the fact their weight which was over 750 pounds (340 kg) combined. However, when Justin was diagnosed with a potential kidney infection it ended up being a life-changing incident. As it turns out, the imaging machine was not able to support Justin’s weight. As a result, Justin Shelton and his wife decided to go through a transformation and get healthy. They lost 253 kgs combined. Now that is crushing some serious fitness goals.
#4. Sonya Sagitova
Years ago, out of desperation, a mother with her child hitchhiked for the first time because she had no bus fare to get to the hospital.Years later, at the age of 55, doctors diagnosed her with a host of diseases and suggested she apply for disability. The spirited lady said, ” I’m no handicapped person! I’m traveling the world non-stop!“ and she did just that. She packed her bags, went to the highway and began her travels. No looking back, she has since traveled to over 40 countries already.
#5 Heidemarie Schwermer
A successful German psychotherapist, she packed her bags and left her then life behind. All she had with her were some essentials and no money. Though she had her degrees, she first earned her living through cleaning houses and washing windows. She believed that one can empower themselves by making themselves useful; in this spirit, she opened a swap shop called “Gib und Nimm”. Read her story here and be inspired to live to the fullest with whatever you have in hand.
With her granddaughter’s support, Eugene, at age 60, began her career as a professional diver. She decided to go for highboard diving and practices to participate in the international arena. Within one season, she won the first place in the European Championship in Austria.
#7. Sheri Schmelzer
This 40-year-old mother turned her kids fun crafts into a million dollar business. It all started when Sheri asked her children to add cute accessories to the holes of Crocs. Rich, Sheri’s husband, proposed to sell these designer charms on a website, establishing their company Jibbitz in 2005. The company was so brilliant that the Crocs company actually bought Jibbitz for $10 million.
While attending a stunt school that taught skydiving, rock climbing, shooting, horseback riding and motocross, Oksana heard about the work of the Federal Rescue Service in Moscow. Once she learned about this service, she felt she’d found her life’s purpose. She left her successful law career with her family business to work at the Federal Rescue Service in Moscow as an emergency response worker on water and follow her passion.
#9. Julia Savitskaya
She was living a dream life that many women dreamt of, working at Dior with an internship in Paris. But somehow, her lifelong dream took over and she traveled to Nepal. Here she met Anton Gurkov and together, they set up “Girls in Travel”, a company which organizes all girl travel parties. Now that is fun.
#10. Tatyana Rybakova
She weighed as much as 220 pounds (100 kg) at the age of 14. She suffered from low self-esteem and relentless bullying due to her excessive weight. She decided to take control of all that and implemented healthy changes to her lifestyle. At age 24, she weighed only 110 pounds (50 kg). Now she inspires other to lose the extra pounds, to be more fit and healthy and have a better lifestyle.
Bonus: Jonah Hill
He lost 25 kgs to be healthier.
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