Strong Woman Collection: Why Lauren?

In each release of our Strong Woman Collection, we will partner with someone we admire and believe is living out the message of true beauty. We are so honored to work with Lauren Scruggs Kennedy for our first collaboration! We wholeheartedly believe in the message of true beauty she continually shares.

We fell in love with Lauren for many reasons. First and foremost, Lauren is an American fashion journalist and blogger from Dallas, Texas, who has interviewed numerous celebrities. In 2014, Lauren married her soul mate Jason Kennedy, and boy are they the definition of meant to be!

Lauren has authored two books, and we highly recommend putting both on your list of books to read! Her first book, Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope, recalls a short flight Lauren took to look at Christmas lights, which took an unexpected turn and became a nightmare. Lauren was struck by the plane’s spinning propeller blades. As she was rushed to the hospital, the world watched in shock and horror. Several major surgeries and thousands of prayers later, Lauren was still alive. But she had suffered brain trauma and lost her left hand and left eye. If you haven't heard her full story, watch it here. During this difficult time, Lauren had to face some incredibly difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Where is God in all this pain? Will anyone ever be able to love me now? In Still LoLo, Lauren and her family reveal what really happened that night, what Lauren’s life is like today, what got them through their journey toward healing, and how they conquered all odds to persevere as a family. Containing exclusive photos and personal stories from Lauren and her family, Still LoLo is a compelling and fiercely beautiful account of all the things we believe in to our core here at S&G, including faith, determination and staying true to who you are―no matter what.

In her second book, Your Beautiful Heart: 31 Reflections on Love, Faith, Friendship, and Becoming a Girl Who Shines, Lauren tells us, “Beauty is on the inside.” We know it’s true, yet sometimes it seems tough to fully believe it. Lauren knows how it feels to search for beauty. She grew up knowing of God’s love, but never fully understood what that love meant, or how it extended to the deepest parts of her soul―until the horrible accident she suffered. Lauren recalled that in her darkest hours, everything she believed was tested. Yet it was there that God showed her where real beauty comes from: the unfailing love of the Creator. God’s love is what truly makes us lovely. Your Beautiful Heart uses stories from Lauren’s accident, recovery, and experiences in the fashion world, and explores issues that teen girls face every day: body image, self-worth, peer pressure, and much more. Lauren’s personal message of love, faith, and values will show you what it means to be a girl who radiates with true beauty.

Aside from being a rock star author, Lauren started her own foundation, the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation! She is currently in the process of launching a website. The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation exists to bring hope, restore dignity, and ignite faith in women with limb loss by providing beautiful prostheses.

“It broke my heart when I discovered that insurance companies view a prosthetic arm as a ‘luxury’ and because of that decline financial provision. After meeting so many women and girls who were unable to experience wholeness and greater emotional healing through a prosthesis, I had such a burden to help in some way. Working with Arm Dynamics and Artech has been the greatest joy, and the two women I am starting this with are so passionate about this mission after their own experience of limb loss. We can't wait to start providing beautiful arms and legs to women in need,” Lauren said.

Although the website is not available quite yet, there is a donor link to the foundation. If you are interested in supporting her foundation, visit nationalchristian.com/lauren.

What would your world be like if you truly felt beautiful and lived every day full of that confidence and joy? We hope that through our Strong Woman Collection and Lauren’s message, you can recognize how beautiful you are.


3 comments


  • Brittani Bury

    I’d also like to add how I’ve never seen myself with out my scars. While some hate to show off their scars and hide them… I wear mine with pride. Without them I wouldn’t be typing this. Scars are beautiful. It shows you and the world that you went through a fight, but you won. Scars aren’t weak. They are strength.


  • Brittani Bury

    Like many people, I 1st heard about Laurens story through E! ews from her now Husband , Jason Kennedy. I’m amazed by her strength and Grace she’s shown since her life altering accident. And how she kept God in her life.

    I was born with a rare congenital heart defect, tapvr type 3. I’ve had 4 major open heart surgery (with a possible 5th that’s now being talked about), with my 1st OHS having been done at less than a day old. While I do my best, my defect does imped on my life more than I’d like it too. I have several other health issues that also come into play that hinders my quality of life. Seeing drs, er visits, hospital stays, testing,surgery. That’s my normal. I know nothing else.

    I’d be lying to say that at times I wasn’t angry wtih God. How in my whole family amd group of friends, I continued to be “the sick one” … How I’m limited in what I’m able to do because of the way my heart works and I breath. I hated that I could only sit on the sidelines.

    That said, this July I’m turning 26. An age that my drs and family didn’t think I’d live long enough to see. It’s been a long tough road to get here, and I have God to thank for that every morning I wake up. Not only for him, but also God giving the talent and smarts in all the drs at children’s memorial hospital and now northwestern in Chicago, that have saved my life time and time again.

    I don’t have the perfect relationship with God, but it’s one that continues to grow as time passes. I like to call it our own speical relationship.

    While it might sound odd, I’m a tad ok with having been born this way. I’m not sure the type of person I’d be if I wasn’t sick. I fully believe its why I love photography and have since I was 10 years old. Seeing the world in a different light that many don’t see. And because this is all I know, how would I have worked through things if I was born healthy, but years later became ill for 1 reqson or another. God works in mysterious ways.

    The last thing I’d like to add is that I’m not a faj of the saying " God doesn’t give you more than you can handle." I’m pretty sure that I’ve had enough to deal with in my 25 years of life than most do in 100 years of life. CHD/hypoplastic left lung syndrome/jra/ra/TMJ/stroke/low immune system/copd/and having had around 29 surgeries. So instead of that saying, i use " God doesn’t give you more than you can handle, but the tools to handle and live with them"
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  • Brittani Bury

    Like many people, I 1st heard about Laurens story through E! ews from her now Husband , Jason Kennedy. I’m amazed by her strength and Grace she’s shown since her life altering accident. And how she kept God in her life.

    I was born with a rare congenital heart defect, tapvr type 3. I’ve had 4 major open heart surgery (with a possible 5th that’s now being talked about), with my 1st OHS having been done at less than a day old. While I do my best, my defect does imped on my life more than I’d like it too. I have several other health issues that also come into play that hinders my quality of life. Seeing drs, er visits, hospital stays, testing,surgery. That’s my normal. I know nothing else.

    I’d be lying to say that at times I wasn’t angry wtih God. How in my whole family amd group of friends, I continued to be “the sick one” … How I’m limited in what I’m able to do because of the way my heart works and I breath. I hated that I could only sit on the sidelines.

    That said, this July I’m turning 26. An age that my drs and family didn’t think I’d live long enough to see. It’s been a long tough road to get here, and I have God to thank for that every morning I wake up. Not only for him, but also God giving the talent and smarts in all the drs at children’s memorial hospital and now northwestern in Chicago, that have saved my life time and time again.

    I don’t have the perfect relationship with God, but it’s one that continues to grow as time passes. I like to call it our own speical relationship.

    While it might sound odd, I’m a tad ok with having been born this way. I’m not sure the type of person I’d be if I wasn’t sick. I fully believe its why I love photography and have since I was 10 years old. Seeing the world in a different light that many don’t see. And because this is all I know, how would I have worked through things if I was born healthy, but years later became ill for 1 reqson or another. God works in mysterious ways.

    The last thing I’d like to add is that I’m not a faj of the saying " God doesn’t give you more than you can handle." I’m pretty sure that I’ve had enough to deal with in my 25 years of life than most do in 100 years of life. CHD/hypoplastic left lung syndrome/jra/ra/TMJ/stroke/low immune system/copd/and having had around 29 surgeries. So instead of that saying, i use " God doesn’t give you more than you can handle, but the tools to handle and live with them"
    ?


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