Natalia Siam is just shy of 17 but has already accomplished a lot for her age.
The Sydney-based model and HSC student has appeared on TV, had success in international fashion and today she’s released her first book.
At age 11 Natalia starred in a television series in Dubai and while she loved the experience she discovered it made her an outcast among her classmates.
“I didn’t deserve it and I wasn’t good enough, that’s what they told me,” she told Mamamia.
What began as verbal taunts escalated to physical abuse, until one day two students pushed her down the stairs.
She doesn’t believe they set out to hurt her, but she wound up in a wheelchair with a severely broken leg and, unable to act, her show was cancelled.
“They didn’t come up to me and apologise, but I could tell they were very sorry for what they did,” she said.