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Standing Beautiful Against Bullying

May 30, 2018 – Gasia, Mike and Allie of FOX KTVU talk to Chloe Howard of Los Gatos who wrote a book about bullying after enduring it during her freshman year of high school.

Video courtesy of FOX KTVU

Video courtesy of TEDx Santa Barbara.

A Beautiful Story

Chloe was born with a severe foot deformity.  She has had numerous operations and faced daunting challenges but has always met each hurdle with emotional strength and grace.  In 2014, Chloe was a victim of assault and bullying at her high school. Six months later, she had the courage to begin telling her story. She met Bono who spoke powerful words about fighting injustice.  This became a turning point for Chloe and would mark a recovery story that builds in strength with each re-sharing. Please share this story with your family and friends about the effects of bullying, and the message that your differences are beautiful.

Chloe Howard, I am Not Invisible

Chloe and Dane were the winners from the Omaze campaign with (RED), and met Bono backstage. This incredible experience turned out to have more meaning than we could have ever imagined. Check out the first ever documentary from Omaze, featuring Chloe’s story and the transformative experience she had with one of her heroes.

Video courtesy of Omaze

Video courtesy of  Omaze

Behind the Scenes

Omaze co-founder Matt Pohlson shares the story of Chloe Howard, an Omaze winner who shared a special moment with Bono that inspired her to empower people of all ages to embrace their uniqueness.

Read more about how Bono Inspired Chloe.

Video courtesy of Wonderfully Made

Chloe Howard. I am Wonderfully Made
This documentary premiered at Bethany Hamilton’s 2017 Anchored in Love Conference.
Read Transcript
17 years ago… I was born with a severe clubfoot, which means that my foot was upside down and backwards. I’ve had to have many surgeries, have casts & braces and physical therapy… and it’s been really hard. I’ve been in a lot of pain, But I’ve always believed that God made me special… that he LOVES me very much, and that he has a perfect plan for me. My parents always told me that my clubfoot was kind of like my superpower… and I believed that… that my clubfoot was something secret and unique. Something special about me that no one else had… it was MY superpower and I loved it… But when I was a freshman in high school everything changed in a matter of minutes… I was called over to another lunch table and they told me to take off my shoes… I was assaulted on my high school campus because of my clubfoot… I was restrained and my sock and shoe were ripped off and without my consent my deformed foot was shown to a group of people… and in that moment 14 years of self-acceptance vanished… After that I became ashamed of my foot… ashamed of the part of me I had always been told made me special… it might sound dramatic but I feel like my heart would be like shut down like… I became really closed off… I started what I called my ‘sweatshirt phase’ because I wore these massive sweatshirts in school every day. I already was missing seven toenails… I already couldn’t get pedicures with my mom or wear high heels to my eighth grade graduation… I already had to show the school a wheelchair and deal with people’s stares… I already had to do all this. I felt like God had left me completely alone… I felt betrayed… by God and by this Christian community almost because I got a lot of the, “Oh well like God will like bring you through it! Oh, like I know it’s hard now but God will bring good out of this like it’s all in God’s plan.” …and sure like I believe that now… but I did not want to hear that! I felt incredibly alone… In my deepest darkest moments of depression and anger and confusion… I found myself writing the word ‘beautiful’ over one of the scars on my clubfoot… and I don’t know when I started or why… but it kind of just became this thing that I did every day. But as time went on I slowly began to heal I had an incredible interaction with one of the heroes in my life and he inspired me to start using my words… to start speaking about what had happened to me… to USE my voice… and so I did. Suddenly I had purpose again… and as I opened up the Bible I found purpose in Jeremiah 1:5 which says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nation’s.” I recently got the word BEAUTIFUL tattooed over my clubfoot and now every single time I look down at that little twisted foot… all I see is beauty… all I see is God’s purpose… God’s plan. God’s intentionality and God’s overwhelming love… God calls ME beautiful. and I can accept that… I’m excited to see what God will do in my life, and yeah, I can’t see the future and yeah, sometimes trusting God’s plan for me is really scary… but I am excited to see what he’ll do, whatever it is… I’m Chloe… this is my story… and I am Wonderfully Made.

Chloe Howard (Broken Series)

 

In 2015, Chloe began to speak about her assault and the aftermath. We were thankful for Calvary Church of Los Gatos for helping her tell her story during a series of Brokenness. A follow-up article by the San Jose Mercury News expanded on the story.

Video courtesy of Calvary Church, Los Gatos

STAND Beautiful. Zondervan 2018. Available wherever books are sold.

Book Trailer: Teen Book

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.

Picture Book Trailer, STAND Beautiful. Zondervan 2018. Available wherever books are sold.

Picture Book Trailer

Stand Beautiful, written by teen TedX speaker Chloe Howard, is a whimsical and inspiring picture book that encourages children to embrace their own uniqueness and celebrate the differences in others.

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