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Rise Higher

Nov 19, 2019

Motivational speaker, activist, author and YouTuber, Lizzie Velasquez was cruelly dubbed "The Ugliest Woman in the World" on a viral YouTube video when she was 17 years old. She was born with an extremely rare congenital disease that among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat, gaining weight, and it impacts her vision, bones, and heart. Out of that horrific YouTube incident, rose a fire and a desire in Lizzie to make it her life’s work to stand up for bullying victims, to inspire people around the world to look at inner beauty, and to spread kindness and acceptance. In this episode you’ll hear Lizzie’s incredible personal story of resilience, optimism, and forgiveness. We also talk about how to turn your pain into purpose and how to find the silver lining in the adversity. For full show notes and episode resources head to