HOUSTON, TX - There`s a lot of talk about addressing bullying in Washington, D.C., but Lizzie Velasquez, 25, is actually walking the walk. She`s just back from lobbying Congress to pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act that would help reduce this social epidemic.
“We got there and the votes were at about 109, and by the time we left after lots and lots of in person meetings we left with the votes being 209,” she explained.
Lizzie knows the sting of bullying all too well. Her rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining any weight made her a target.
At 17 years old, Lizzie Velasquez found a video on YouTube labeling her - the world`s ugliest woman.
She says, “The video had over 4 million views...thousands of comments, people wishing that I would just kill myself and end my life and saying the world would be a better place without me. And hearing those things from strangers, you don`t see a way you`re going to be able to pick yourself back up.”
Lizzie more than picked herself up, found a way to forgive, and has used her life`s experiences to become a successful author and motivational speaker.
“I will forever proudly be the voice for those that can`t use their voice or for those that might not have the confidence to use their voice,” promises Vasquez
September 17th, she spoke to young leaders and professionals invited by the Anti-Defamation League.
Of her passion to help others she says, “I will gladly go through all the hard stuff again if I will be able to be the hope for anyone else, for the rest of my life.”
That's not just hope. That's inspiration.