There have been many stories written about Jessica Smith; it is that of a child born without a left arm, a teenager who went on to represent Australia for swimming in the 2004 Paralympic Games, and a young adult who broke free from an eating disorder. But perhaps the most important story there is to tell when it comes to Jessica, is that of the inspiring woman she is today; an internationally recognised advocate for positive body image, a loving wife & mother, and an author & storyteller.
Jessica has stood on many platforms; throughout schools, universities, businesses, and communities as a sought after motivational & public speaker. She created the award winning social media campaign ‘Join The Revolution‘ and is an ambassador for Layne Beachley’s ‘Aim For The Stars Foundation‘.
She was recently awarded ‘Emerging Leader‘ by the Australian Government at the Positive Body Image Awards and was recently awarded a ‘Pride of Australia Medal‘ in Western Australia. In 2015, Jessica was also a state finalist for ‘Young Australian of the Year‘.
With all these accolades aside, Jessica’s most proud life moment is recently becoming a mother for the first time. This new path to motherhood inspired Jessica to create a series of books that celebrates children’s differences, and encourages self-confidence, no matter their physical appearance.
Jessica’s take home message is that she is celebrated BECAUSE of her differences, not in spite of them – and it is this message that she hopes resonates with everyone she meets.