FAB Girl Making History: Laniyah Bailey

20 Feb

Meet Laniyah Bailey.

(First of all, how cute is she?!?! That is the face on an angel!)

And for many kids, she is an angel, because she has given a voice to the millions of kids who are bullied every day. A victim of bullying herself, the young writer and speaker has written an acclaimed book called, ‘Not Fat Because I Wanna Be’. Read her bio (and more) from her books website www.notfatbecauseiwannabe.com after the jump:

About LaNiyah Bailey

Seven year old author/youth advocate, LaNiyah Bailey was introduced to the world by way of NPR Radio it was after she and her parents appeared on Michel Martin’s show “Tell Me More.” Broadcast in over 500 cities; it lead a world-wide discussion in support of President Barack Obama’s anti-bullying initiative and the epidemic of Bulling in America, March 15, 2011. Shortly thereafter, her phone began ringing off the hook. Major media outlets such as CNN, FOX, NBC, BET, WGN, AOL, ABC, Huffington’s Post and many others throughout the world; including London and Korea. They wanted to know more about this young girl’s “inspiring courage” after she penned the highly-acclaimed children’s book “Not Fat Because I Wanna Be” along with her mother LaToya “Toyiah Marquis” White and illustrator Laura Pérez Ricaud. 

The book detailed the story of fictional character Jessica. Jessica was bullied because of her weight which was caused by an underlying medical condition, which caused her to gain weight even though she was very, healthy and active. At such a young age Jessica had to endure some painful and unhappy times. Since the books release in March 2011, LaNiyah has been featured in magazines, interviewed on 100’s of radio shows, blogs and TV shows. The book has garnered “5-star reviews” across the board and is currently in lesson plans in schools throughout the United States, London and Korea. Ms. Bailey recently, received what is a “dream come true” to her. She recently received a letter from the first lady of our nation. Mrs. Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama expressed her support in LaNiyah’s efforts and appreciates that LaNiyah and her family is standing with her in her childhood obesity initiative and awareness.

(The cover of ‘Not Fat Because I Wanna Be’)

She also has a coloring and activity book called ‘Stand Up!’ about standing up to bullies. She also does speaking engagments at schools; assemblies that address the issue of bullying and how kids can stand up for themselves and others.

At a young age, Laniyah is taking on an issue that affects thousands, if not millions of kids. And for that, she’s FAB!

How has bullying hurt you or someone you love? What did you do about it? Tell us in the comments!

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5 Responses to “FAB Girl Making History: Laniyah Bailey”

  1. Lesley-Anne February 21, 2012 at 12:27 am #

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