Laura Corrigan's "Dare Yourself" entry.
Modern Inspiration: Laura Corrigan
When we write of inspirational girls, we often choose ones who've already completed their lives. While they are certainly inspirational, it's not nearly as inspirational as seeing a girl living out her dreams and dealing with the same problems that most girls face.
Recently, I heard about Laura Corrigan: a girl from Grimsby, England, who took her fate in her own hands. This isn't a story about a girl who faced the restrictions others placed on her. It's a story about a girl who overcame her own insecurities, her self-imposed restrictions, and is becoming someone others can look up to.
Like most of us, Laura had body issues: she wasn't happy with how she looked. But rather than dieting because society told her to, Laura did it for herself. Unhappy with her life and appearance, Laura changed it. She lost the weight through diet and exercise, taking her time (as is medically recommended). And in taking charge of her appearance, she took charge of her life.
Now, Laura is a surfer and roller derby girl. She also snowboards, advocates healthy lifestyles for girls, and makes jewelry while working for her family's company. She's competing in this year's Roxy Dare Yourself competition, which looks for "inspirational, naturally beautiful, fun, and confident young women who make every day an adventure."
Laura Corrigan is in the running to win a worldwide competition by surfwear label Roxy.
Laura certainly meets that. She didn't change for anyone else, but rather for herself. To live the life she dreamed about. And now she does. She surfs, skates, snowboards, and enjoys a healthy lifestyle that's all about being true–and good–to who she is, not who anyone else wants or defines her to be. What better message to send to girls?
As Laura states in her video, "I'd love to leave a mark on the world by inspiring all girls to be confident in themselves and do what they want to do, do what they believe in. Because if you never dare to get lost, then you will never find the right path."
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