As a former plus-size model, I know all too well the pain and disappointment of rejection and judgements solely-based on appearance, both professionally and personally. I have lived it time and time again. But, rather than allowing the numerous barrier-inducing critics define who I was, how I would live my life and what measure of success and happiness I could achieve, I instead chose to face that “cold winter season” head on, turning what others had deemed as challenges into the very assets that would help me realize tremendous success in all aspects of my life.