By Rafaela Kuznec @RAFAELAKUZNEC

A SWEDISH singer has become an icon of determination after being involved in a serious train accident that left him with third-degree burns and extensive scars

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Producer: Rafaela Kuznec

Editor: Cecilia Brunelli

In 2012, one summer evening, the then 19-year-old Axel Schylström climbed to the top of a train and received a 16,000 volt electric shock which resulted in burns to 70 percent of his body.

After years of intensive rehabilitation, Axel turned to music and decided to embrace his scars.

An aspiring musician, his major musical breakthrough came in 2015 when he appeared on Swedish Idol, ultimately finishing in fourth place.

Now aged 27, Axel has also become a motivational speaker to help others that have been burnt and inspire people to embrace their unique beauty.

Axel told Truly: “It's okay to be different. It's okay to love yourself even though you don't look like everybody else.

The beauty is not the way you look - it's about the way you look at yourself.”