Behind the Smile

AN INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY FROM DISABILITY TO ABILITY

ANJA

Anja Christoffersen is a woman of many roles; an international model, author, motivational speaker, disability advocate, holistic counsellor and entrepreneur – with her story showcased in media around the world. These experiences have culminated in Anja founding Champion Health Agency, a talent agency for lived experience - representing people with disability, chronic illness and carers to create positive change.

 

Anja also has a life-long, congenital disability.

 

 

Anja was born with VACTERL Association, an acronym that describes a cluster of defects affecting multiple body systems, for which she has become a global ambassador. Diagnosed at 28 weeks of her mother’s pregnancy with a grim prognosis, her devastated parents began a search for answers.

 

There was no known cause or guarantee of survival. The only definite was a need for surgical intervention, the first of many occurring at only 5 hours old.