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Beyond Beauty, A Refugee’s Journey in Pursuit of Happiness

Ferial Youakim: From refugee camp to becoming a global businesswoman, motivational speaker, image consultant, and author.

Ferial Youakim was born in a refugee camp and grew up in a war-torn city in the Middle East. Youakim has overcome unimaginable obstacles to become a global businesswoman, motivational speaker, image consultant, and author.

In her book Beyond Beauty, A Refugee’s Journey in Pursuit of Happiness,” Youakim reveals for the first time the tragedy that shaped her life in a refugee camp. She also shares her lifelong battle with self-confidence and her journey of self-discovery. Youakim has been able to overcome lack of education, poor self-esteem, and a crippling fear of public speaking and has created a successful business.

Love yourself the way you are not the way others want you to be.

Beyond Beauty, A Refugee’s Journey in Pursuit of Happiness

With the love and support of her family and faith, Youakim’s passion is to help people live the life they deserve and realize that beauty is more than just a word.

“I had to change my thinking to change my life. I had to learn how to believe in myself and love myself for the way I am and not the way others want me to be,” says Youakim. In her writing, Youakim wishes to offer peace and success to those who are struggling to find their own self-value.

Youakim had to find something bigger than herself to summon the motivation to push herself forward. She noticed that others looked up to her for guidance and support. Youakim never asked for it, but she knew that she could not let them down.

We all need to see the value in ourselves.

When asked about what she would like to share with the world, Youakim says,”We all need to see the value in ourselves and to find a way to focus on our goals, dreams, and ambitions.” Youakim is confident that her story can encourage people to discover the strength that they never knew they had. In addition, her story is changing lives in a positive way.

Through many obstacles, Youakim sought to not only realize, but to also understand what it truly means to be beautiful in her own eyes. Youakim recounts the challenges she has faced as a child in the refugee camp. Finding the strength within her, she chose to share her story with the world in the hopes that everyone can truly be “reminded of their own beauty.”

Beyond Beauty, A Refugee’s Journey in Pursuit of Happiness

Currently, Youakim lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her husband. Today, Youakim signed an agreement with the United Nations. She will be working closely with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). As an advocate and spokesperson.

Youakim will be bringing awareness and leading the UNRWA campaign for #DignityIsPriceless. She travels the globe promoting her book, Beyond Beauty and speaking at events. Youakim hopes for her story touch people’s hearts, and help to bring attention to important issues while inspiring people.

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The Refugee Center Online Hall of Fame features refugees and immigrants from around the United States who are making a difference in their communities. At the Refugee Center Online, we believe newcomers make our country a better place. The individuals we feature show exactly that - they are examples of how immigrants and refugees contribute to our country. If you are interested in being featured or would like to nominate an individual to be featured in our Hall of Fame, email: wilson@therefugeecenter.org.