Anti-bullying advocate awarded in Friendswood

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (KTRK) -- An anti-bullying crusader, who was viciously labeled as "the world's ugliest woman," was given a surprise award in Friendswood.

At the Bay Area Women's Conference, Lizzie Velasquez was honored with an "Impact Award" for telling her story.

She suffers from a rare disorder and while surfing the net she clicked on a link titled the world's ugliest woman. She was shocked and hurt to see it was about her.

She overcame the experience and uses it to highlight the root of bullying.

She recounted how being labeled "the ugliest woman in the world" inspired her to live a life filled with faith, self-respect and courage.

Velasquez is now the author of titles like, "Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World," "Be Beautiful, Be You," "Choosing Happiness" and more.

She is also a sought after motivational speaker.

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