Recently awarded “Emerging Leader” for 2013, at the Australian Government Positive Body Image Awards, Jessica Smith has emerged as one of Australia’s most avid advocates for positive body image, and as one of Australia’s most sought after motivational speakers & presenters.
Jessica has been internationally recognised as one of the most influential role models of this generation. She is on a mission to create much needed awareness within society about the importance of Positive Body Image.
Born missing her left forearm, and then as a toddler, suffering horrific third degree burns to 14% of her body, Jessica didn’t have such an easy start to life.
Needless to say, growing up was tough for Jessica as she battled her inner demons in regards to her physical appearance. In a world where so much emphasis is placed on appearance, Jessica felt as though she simply wasn’t good enough and didn’t fit in. Low self esteem and an inability to accept herself unfortunately lead to a decade long struggle with bulimia, anorexia & depression.
Jessica desperately searched for perfection in a world where she felt so isolated & alone.
Yet her innate ability to push the boundaries saw Jessica excel in sport. Her drive to prove people wrong and achieve at the highest level empowered Jessica to reach her full potential in the swimming pool.
Her swimming career spanned over a decade and in that time Jessica successfully competed for her country at numerous International competitions. Her sporting dreams were realised when she was selected to represent Australia at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Although Jessica retired from International Competition in 2007 she is still actively involved in the Paralympic movement.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Population Health, and is an expert in understanding health and disease within communities and improving health and well-being through priority health approaches addressing the disparities in health status among different population groups. She works tirelessly & proactively to promote positive body image and raise awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders & mental illness.
Jessica is also a representative for The Butterfly Foundation, and facilitates workshops designed for professionals and consumers within WA.
“I now have a responsibility to be a voice for others who are currently struggling with negative body image. I also have a responsibility to give back to my community by promoting a message of POSITIVE Body Image. We ALL have a role in this life – we can ALL be part of a REVOLUTION of positive change “
She wants you to JOIN THE REVOLUTION and do your part to help promote POSITIVE BODY IMAGE
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