Sunday, October 7, 2012

Be Beautiful, Be You - Lizzie Velasquez Fights Cyberbullying with Passion and Purpose

 Born with a rare medical syndrome, young woman shows how to overcome obstacles

Cyberbullies called Lizzie Velasquez "The World's Ugliest Woman" with a video that received more than four million views and sparked thousands of comments, many of them hate-filled.  After years of enduring insensitive remarks and bullying because of her appearance, Lizzie Velasquez came to a turning point during high school and decided to fight back on her own terms. Her new book, Be Beautiful, Be You (Liguori Publications, August  2012) shares the wisdom she discovered – and what every young person needs to find out – about accepting and making the most of one's life.

Velasquez has a rare genetic disorder, thought to be a form of neonatal progeroid syndrome, which prevents her body from gaining weight. She has never weighed more than 60 pounds and deals daily with rude stares, the whispers of strangers, and outright bullying. Although Lizzie felt overwhelmed with anger from being bullied, she realized that holding on to these negative feelings wouldn't allow her to move on with her life. She knew she had to forgive those who had hurt her. "I decided that, rather than sink to their level, I'd fight the video with my accomplishments," she wrote.  

In Be Beautiful, Be You Velasquez tells her story and offers advice for young teens about finding their purpose in life and building self-esteem. With anecdotes and thoughtful exercises, she shows readers how to honestly take stock of their unique abilities, make and keep good friends, deal with disappointments and negativity, talk to God in their own words, and set realistic goals. 

The book's core themes, to love yourself and focus on your passions, will resonate with anyone who has ever felt singled out, misunderstood, or afraid.

In Be Beautiful, Be You, Lizzie uses anecdotes and exercises to teach readers to recognize their own unique gifts and blessings, talk to God in their own words, deal with disappointment, make and maintain healthy friendships, and set realistic goals.

In a world filled with airbrushed celebrity photos and plastic surgery, Lizzie Velasquez is a refreshing force of nature whose story will inspire anyone who has ever felt singled out, misunderstood, or afraid and who hasn't?



via PR News Wire
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