Lizzie Velasquez is a global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, social media personality, and author. Lizzie was born with a rare syndrome. She was born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. Her conditions resulted in bullying during her childhood and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking.
In December 2013, she took the stage at the inaugural TEDx AustinWomen, 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. The film had an Academy-qualifying release in the U.S. in Fall 2015 and began its international release in Spring 2016.
Lizzie's latest book Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World was released June 6, 2017.
You can watch her new show "Unzipped with Lizzie Velasquez," available via the Fullscreen app. You can also 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 pups Ollie and Olivia.