America’s Got Talent star, Kechi Okwuchi, has once again shown she is not ashamed of the scars she is left with after surviving a plane crash.
The 30-year-old was one of the two survivors in the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash on December 10, 2005.
Fourteen years on, she has gone on to become a celebrated singer and motivational speaker.
The fun-loving Ms Okwuchi posted two unfiltered pictures of herself on Instagram on Saturday as her entry for the trending #assheis challenge.
According to her “I’ve always tried to make it a point to share both the glam and not-so-glam parts of my life on social media because I don’t want to project a false idea of my reality on any platform.”
She, however, confessed that social media puts her under pressure to always appear perfect and put together.
“I can’t explain it, it’s just something that unconsciously happened as I got more and more followers, and I don’t like it.”
Thanking the friend who encouraged her to take the challenge, she said: “It made me remember why it’s so important to me to always be authentic on all platforms in my life: to remind girls, women and people in general that it is OKAY to not be perfect all the time. Yes, I want to be part of the movement of people that normalize being normal, in real life and online.”
Kechi was a student of Loyola Jesuit College when the crash occurred, leaving her with third-degree burns over 65% of her body with a 30% chance of survival.
After a series of lifesaving surgeries, she graduated with a first-class from the University of Saint Thomas, in Houston, Texas in 2015.
Kechi took part in the 12th season of America’s Got Talent in 2017 as a singer, and finished the competition as a finalist.
She later participated in America’s Got Talent: The Champions in 2019, where she got the golden buzzer, sending her straight to the final, but failed to make the top 5.
She celebrated her 30th birthday on October 29, describing herself as “flirty and thriving.”