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We're a resilient, hard-working family. No matter what has happened in our lives, we just pick ourselves up and support each other.

Believe it or not, Jaclyn Stapp was bullied as a kid. The former beauty queen (Mrs. Florida America 2008 and Miss New York USA 2004) was often mistaken for a boy as a child, and the taunting was relentless. But after gaining more confidence – winning pageant crowns and marrying a rock star didn’t hurt – Stapp looks to give kids today a chance to overcome bullying and never face the torment she felt. The mother of three and Boca Raton resident wrote a children’s book, Wacky Jacky, inspiring kids from around the globe to embrace their uniqueness and inner and outer beauties. The response has been overwhelming. One young girl from the Middle East even Facebook-messaged Stapp, gushing over how the book transformed her life. Stapp plans on writing a sequel about the Wacky Jacky character globetrotting and learn- ing other cultures. For Stapp (who turns 33 this month) and her tight-knit family – which includes husband, singer Scott Stapp of Creed – it’s no surprise their inner compassion and positive energy radiates outward. “We never leave each other without saying, ‘I love you,’” Stapp says. – Nila Do