How being called 'the world's ugliest woman' transformed one woman's life - and inspired millions of others.Because of a rare genetic condition, Lizzie Velasquez has dealt with harassment about her appearance for most of her life. In 2007, the rise of social media led to her most public and humiliating experience: a then 17-year-old Lizzie came across a YouTube video of herself entitled 'The world's ugliest woman'.
Lizzie started using the very medium that spawned this hatred to fight back and spread positivity and compassion instead. 'The only way I could show those people that they weren't going to become my definition and my truth was to somehow make myself better'. Her response drew 34 million unique viewers and half a million subscribers to Lizzie's YouTube channel. She catapulted to international fame in 2013 when her TEDx address 'How Do You Define Yourself?' went viral. Today it has received more than 10 million views.
In Dare to be Kind Lizzie shares her personal story, the solutions that have worked for her over a lifetime of bullying and on how we can transform society into a kinder, more accepting place.
This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone facing bullying, their parents and friends - and anyone who wants to make a difference.
About the Author
Lizzie Velasquez is an internationally renowned motivational speaker, YouTube personality, and anti-bullying activist. She has been featured on The View, the Today show, Forbes, Time, Huffington Post, People, and Allure, among many other national and international media platforms. The critically acclaimed documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story was based on her life.
“Lizzie Velasquez touched me. And I’m so glad she did. (Take this in the least creepiest way possible.) Her story, her strength, and her kindness are not only inspirational to me, but to millions. And to millions more! This incredible book needs to come with every bedside table, coffee table, and school desk around.” - Liza Koshy, comedian and social media personality
“Lizzie is a true inspiration with a powerful and positive message. In a world where anyone can be bullied online, her story and insightful advice are the perfect guide to finding your own way.” - Rosanna Pansino, author of the New York Times bestseller Nerdy Nummies Cookbook
“Lizzie Velasquez is proof that the only way to make a dream happen is to believe in it. No matter what anyone says—especially the voice in your own head. She dares us to be kind to each other, love ourselves, and become the cheerleader in our own life’s story.” - Lauren Zander, Co-Founder of Handel Group and author of Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life
“I dare to be more like Lizzie! People full of love and light are the ones that are setting the bar for all of us. Dare to Be Kind is incredible, and I’m so excited to see what else is in store for this lovely lady! Spread love always.” - Miles McKenna, actor, comedian and LGBTQ+ activist
“Lizzie’s message of spreading kindness and positivity is one that speaks to all ages. I loved Dare to Be Kind!” - Amymarie Gaetner, actress, dancer, and social media personality
“Lizzie Velasquez is making our culture a kinder one by encouraging people to undermine hate through self-acceptance and everyday acts of empathy. Her heart and humor shine through on every page!” - Lilly Singh, entertainer, comedian, and author of How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
Published: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1