October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and who better to be the face of the cause than Lizzie Velasquez? Some of you may know Lizzie as the YouTube cyberbullying victim labeled the “world’s ugliest woman,” but this brave young woman has taken her bad experiences and turned them into her mission. Born with a rare disease that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie experienced bullying and body shaming throughout her childhood. After the bullying escalated via the Internet, she decided to speak out against the issue to help fellow victims. Lizzie’s now a motivational speaker on the topic, and she even has her own YouTube channel, which she uses to spread her message to audiences around the world. Her inspirational journey has been featured in the documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.
Watch this video to get up to speed on Lizzie and her courage, and share your support with the #imwithlizzie hashtag during National Bullying Prevention Month!