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People Love This Burn Survivor's Gorgeous Pregnancy Photos

"Once you've built yourself up, no one can ever bring you down."

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When Andrea Grant was just 9, she survived a gas explosion that left third-degree burns over 85% of her body. Now, at age 24, she's blossomed into a motivational speaker who wears her scars with pride.

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She also founded Beyond Scars, a foundation aimed at lifting up other burn survivors. She speaks out about self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance.

Doctors had told her that her scars meant she couldn't carry a pregnancy to term. But 37 weeks into her second pregnancy, she's proved them wrong and is celebrated with a gorgeous photo shoot.

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"This time around I knew I wouldn't have any problem expanding, I knew all I had to do was apply oils and deal with the pulling and stretching," she told BuzzFeed News.


"It makes me feel like God is reminding me that I am beautiful," she added. "Even I get discouraged sometimes, so to see so many people speak so highly of me and my story makes me feel stronger."

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Grant, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, said she listened to India Arie's "Video" during the shoot.

"That song has been my encouragement for a some years now," she said. "She talks about not being an average girl, and she's not built like a supermodel, but she learned to love herself unconditionally because she's a queen."

"If you are feeling low about the way you look, look in the mirror find that one thing that you love about yourself," said Grant. "Build confidence around that and once you've built yourself up, no one can ever bring you down."

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