Rags To Riches: Celebs Who Turned Their Pain Into Their Passion

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8. Missy Elliot

Missy Elliot, the recording artist, producer, singer-songwriter, dancer, actress and clothing line designer, is also a survivor of a childhood domestic violence. Particularly, her father was abusive towards her mother. Missy has not shied away from talking about those painful memories. In fact, she was named spokesperson for Break The Cycle in 2003, an organization dedicated to helping young people break the chain of domestic abuse.  For Missy, music was the escape hatch, her path to achieving the kind of dreams never even imagined.

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