By Ava St. Pierre & Shereé Cogburn
As a multi-title pageant holder, Ava ST. Pierre achieved her best on stage with focus, vigor, poise and exquisite beauty. Most importantly, Ava burst through the cycle of debilitating mental illness that her mother suffered from and effectuated in violence toward her and her siblings. Ava followed her father’s lead—to live a life of genuine empathic compassion and enlightenment, helping others survive after the storm and speaking up for the helpless and haunted. With assistance by her daughter and co-author, Shereé Cogburn, Ava ST. Pierre’s story demonstrates the beauty within.