Lizzie Velasquez was born with a medical condition so rare that there are just two other known cases of it in the world. She is unable to create muscle, store energy or gain weight due to having no adiopose tissue in her body. At the age of 23, she weighs only 60 pounds and has zero percent body fat. She is blind in one eye and has limited vision in the other eye. The condition is so rare, that it is technically undiagnosed.

Struggling with this her whole life, things became worse as she progressed through school. The stares were bad enough, but the teasing, comments and bullying only increased as she continued through each grade. By high school, Lizze was named “The World’s Ugliest Woman” in an 8-second long You Tube video posted by a cruel classmate. Even worse, the comments to the video called her a “monster” and suggested that she kill herself.

After that video was posted, Lizzie set four goals for her life: (1) graduate college; (2) build a career and family; (3) publish a book; and (4) become a motivational speaker. By the age of 23, Lizzie had been a motivational speaker for seven years and she has given over 200 seminars on dealing with bullies, overcoming challenges and embracing your own uniqueness. She is majoring in communications at Texas State University and she has already written two books, Lizzie Beautiful (2010) and Be Beautiful, Be You  (2013).

 Per Lizzie: “Some days, life doesn’t make sense. You just have to change what you can, ask for help and pray about the rest. I’m at the point where instead of sitting by and watching people judge me, I’m starting to want to go up to these people and introduce myself or give them my card and say, ‘Hi I’m Lizzie. Maybe you should stop staring and start learning.’”

Regarding the bullying and awful comments, Lizzie notes: “I didn’t sink to their level. Instead, I got my revenge through my accomplishments and determination. In the battle between the “World’s Ugliest Woman” video vs. me, I think I won.”

Lizzie is truly an inspiration with the way she perseveres and  with her determined life philosophy. She is using her unique situation in life to inspire others and make the world a better place. To learn more about Lizzie, go to her website: www.aboutlizzie.com

8/20/2013 06:43:36 am

what a great woman

8/3/2014 11:29:43 am

Very nice post. Thank you for sharing


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