This is my best friend Kristen. She's the funniest person I know but she's also the strongest. For four years, Kristen was in an emotionally abusive relationship with a man who used control and manipulation to attempt to ensure she remained insecure enough to stay with him. He controlled what she wore, where she went and who she hung out with. If she ever wore skirts and he found out, he wouldn't speak to her for days. During one of their many explosive fights, he called Kristen a "fat whore" and she left him and never looked back. Kristen is ***flawless. 

-Alysse Dalessandro

***being flawless isn't the absence of flaws; it's the absence of fear

This post was originally published on Jan 24, 2014