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It was hard to hold back the tears while watching a Latina, who has gone through the unimaginable as a bullying victim because of her appearance, receive an award for motivating and inspiring millions around the world.

Lizzie Velásquez received a Latinovator award on Thursday at Hispanicize 2016, a conference gathering thousands of Latinos from the worlds of digital, blogging, marketing and entertainment. The Austin, Texas-based Latina author and motivational speaker achieved international fame with the most watched TEDx talk from the 2013 TEDWomen event.