Lizzie Velasquez

Wednesday, April 11, 2017

7:00 PM

Brentwood Academy Upper School Gym

Admission is free

Ever since she was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Woman" in a video posted on YouTube in 2006, when she was 17, Velásquez has spoken out against bullying. In January 2014 she gave a TEDxAustinWomen Talk titled "How Do YOU Define Yourself" and her YouTube videos have received over 54 million views. She is known for her optimism.

Her first work, co-authored with her mother, Rita, is a self-published autobiography published in 2010 in English and Spanish. It is called Lizzie Beautiful: The Lizzie Velásquez Story and includes letters Velásquez's mother wrote to her as a child.

Velásquez has also written two books directed at teenagers, which share personal stories and offer advice. Be Beautiful, Be You (2012) shares her journey "to discover what truly makes us beautiful, and teaches readers to recognize their unique gifts and blessings." Another book, Choosing Happiness (2014), talks about some of the obstacles Velásquez has faced and how she "learned the importance of choosing to be happy when it's all too easy to give up."

Her most recent book, Dare to Be Kind will be published and released on June 6, 2017. A documentary film titled A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story premiered on March 14, 2015. The movie aired on Lifetime on October 17, 2016.

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About Lizzie

Lizzie Velasquez is a global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, social media personality, and author. Lizzie was born with a rare syndrome. At this time there are only two other people in the world that are known to be living with this rare syndrome. In December 2013, she took the stage at the inaugural TEDxAustinWomen and gave a talk titled “How Do You Define Yourself?” that has garnered over 13 million views across the web. Her story has been featured on Katie Couric, The Today Show, The View, Huffington Post, Associated Press, AOL, MSN, and Yahoo! among many other national and international media outlets. She is an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary based on her life, “A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story,” which chronicles her journey from cyber bullying victim to global anti-bullying activist. A BRAVE HEART premiered opening weekend of the 2014 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and went on to win the Audience Award in its category and top honors at every festival it participated in. The film had an Academy-qualifying release in the U.S. in Fall 2015 and began its international release in Spring 2016. You can catch Lizzie on all social media platforms - where she has over 1.5 million followers combined - posting about anything and everything in her life - her travels, hangouts with her friends and family, her style and makeup routines, and of course, her little pup Ollie.

Visit Lizzie's You Tube channel for more videos.