Stand Beautiful: A story of brokenness, beauty and embracing it all

In Stand Beautiful, international speaker and TEDx presenter Chloe Howard shares her story of overcoming injustice, battling self-doubt, and rising up to speak out, fueled by a powerful encounter with Bono from the band U2. Chloe’s story shows that even through brokenness and shame, we can venture toward hope, accept our unique selves, and share in our human experiences. Chloe boldly addresses the unlikely hero in each of us. Readers will be inspired to be brave, to speak up against injustice, and redefine beauty as more than what the eye can see. Chloe shares how faith enabled her to endure physical and emotional pain, spurring readers to delve into authenticity and stand beautiful.


I often wrestle with the difficult reality that there are still many in this world who view “different” as something to be mocked or shunned. Chloe has found the meaning in her trauma – to spread hope, encouragement, and love to those who most need it. No doubt, lives will be changed because she fought through the nerves, discomfort and risks, and mustered up the courage to speak and to stand beautiful. The world is a better place because of Chloe.

Amanda Springer

Director of Marketing & Communications, MiracleFeet

“I’ve been working with teenagers for more than thirty-five years; and while there are many reasons I continue, one of my top reasons is how hopeful I continue to find them to be. Reading a story like Chloe’s could be discouraging if you focus on the problems it reveals. But, ultimately, it’s a story of overcoming, a story of redemption, a story of passion to change the world—and we all need more of that … I know I do.”

Doug Fields

founder of Download Youth Ministry and author of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry

“This is a must-read book for all victims of abuse/bullying and their abusers/bulliers. It is also a must-read for all individuals with physical differences and their health care providers. Chloe’s message is pertinent and timely. Her communication style is eloquent, engaging, and endearing. This book has changed me; I believe I will be a better doctor for having read her words and for considering this outcome measure not found in any published clinical research article that I have written or read. We, as health care providers, cannot make everything normal, but we can and should be better attuned to the difference between medical ‘success’ and patient life experiences.”

Vincent S. Mosca, MD

Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Washington, and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Chief of Foot and Ankle Service, and Director of the Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship

“Mark Twain once said, ‘The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why.’ Chloe has written a beautiful account of the way in which her own experience of human suffering arising from a birth defect helped her discover God’s greater purpose for her life. Her sensitive, articulate account demonstrates that there is nothing predictable in this process. In fact, Chloe’s amazing story unveils her own discovery of why her life was created, how she is fearfully and wonderfully made, and what her life contribution will ultimately include. This book is sure to bring hope and comfort to countless millions who must pivot away from the crucibles of suffering at the hands of other humans to find God’s greater purposes for their life. Chloe’s narrative is sure to inspire a positive, hopeful engagement with all that life brings.”

Dr. Gayle Beebe

PhD, president of Westmont College

“In a world that tends to whisper you’re ‘never enough,’ there is a need for voices and stories that affirm that we really are. Chloe’s voice is one of those—she doesn’t hide her pain; rather, she finds purpose in sharing it. Anyone reading this book will begin to see that personal heartbreak and pain can often lead us toward our greatest strengths and triumphs. Her story is a brave movement of love, one that we can be a part of if we dare to stand beautiful in our own way.”

Brooklyn Lindsey

author, speaker, and founder of the Justice Movement

“Our brains need stories of overcoming so we might know our own stories can be ones of overcoming too. Chloe’s book and hard-won lessons learned remind us our most difficult challenges can also be our most powerful assignments in life.”

Katherine Wolf

Founder & Author of "HOPE HEALS”

Stand Beautiful: Picture Book

Stand Beautiful, written by international speaker Chloe Howard, encourages readers of all ages to embrace their own uniqueness and celebrate the differences in others. Born with a clubfoot, Chloe had five major operations by the time she was fifteen. Through her hardships, she learned that each of us is perfect in our own imperfect way. With some inspiration from Bono, Chloe set out to create the Stand Beautiful movement, encouraging others to accept themselves just as they are. With playful text and adorable illustrations by Deborah Melmon, this picture book asks the question: Will YOU stand beautiful too?

“You are each perfect in your own imperfect way. Love yourself, because you deserve to be loved. Rock those differences, embrace those imperfections; you are worth celebrating. Choose to stand beautiful.” Chloe Howard (TEDx Talk)

The adorable cover of this book draws readers in and shines bright with embossing and foil.

Chloe Howard is on a mission to empower people of all ages to embrace their uniqueness and boldly face their beautiful selves. Born with a foot deformity, Chloe had five major operations by the time she was 15. Through her hardships, Chloe learned that differences are unique, bullying needs to be stopped from the inside out, and worth is most valuable when it comes from within. Today, Chloe is the voice of Stand Beautiful, a movement promoting the acceptance of self and others. She has been featured on NPR, Teen Vogue, and was recently a TEDx Speaker. She has been the subject of two documentaries and toured internationally with



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