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Lizzie Velasquez, Labeled ‘World’s Ugliest Woman,’ Becomes Motivational Speaker (Video)
Opposing Views ^ | 01/09/2014 | By Doris Quintanilla

Posted on 01/10/2014 7:47:54 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

Being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” has allowed 24-year-old Lizzie Velasquez to reach thousands with her message of redefining what is beautiful.

Velasquez once made headlines after being dubbed the “World’s Ugliest Woman” due to a rare syndrome, one that is so rare that there are only two other known people who suffer from it.

The Texas native suffers from Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome, a condition that causes accelerated aging and fat loss. The illness has prevented the 58-pound woman from gaining weight, despite eating about 60 small meals a day and has caused blindness in her right eye.

When Velasquez was in high school, she discovered an eight second video of herself on YouTube titled “World’s Ugliest Woman.” The video garnered millions of views and comments. Perhaps one of the most hurtful was one who told her to “put a gun to her head and kill herself,” according to IB Times. But this only motivated Velasquez to rise up against cyber bullying.

Years later, she has become an author and motivational speaker. At a TEDX talk in Austin, she shared her experiences with viewers and talked about deciding to turn the negativity into ambition.

“I’ve had a really difficult life, but that’s OK,” she said. “I’m going to let my goals and my success and my accomplishments define me, not my outer appearance.”

With that, Velasquez asks the crowds she talks to, “What defines you?”

“It’s not easy, I will be the first to tell you it’s not easy,” she said in interview with HLN, according to the Christian Post. “I may have this outer exterior of people saying, ‘She can handle everything, she’s dealt with this for so long,’ and to be honest, I’m human and of course these things are going to hurt,” she said.

Velasquez has appeared on multiple television programs and written three books, including, “Be Beautiful, Be You.”


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KEYWORDS: beautifulwoman; lizzievelasquez; worldsugliest
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Lizzie Velasquez

24 years old

1 posted on 01/10/2014 7:47:54 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Poor sweetie.


2 posted on 01/10/2014 7:48:34 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Responsibility2nd

3 Things.

1. Get over the shock of looking at that photo.
2. Ping Laz with the usual questions.
3. Re-read this story. Your monitor might get blurry with how this woman has prevailed.


3 posted on 01/10/2014 7:50:02 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I watched the video last night. She’s impressive. She puts problems in perspective they way she lives her life.


4 posted on 01/10/2014 7:50:12 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wait until we see Hillary in Jan 2025 after completing her 2nd term....


5 posted on 01/10/2014 7:50:32 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Way cool. Praise GOD for Lizzie’s spirit and example!


6 posted on 01/10/2014 7:51:59 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Ugliest woman I've ever seen.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 7:53:09 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Responsibility2nd

The absolute seething self-loathing that must rage inside someone to make such hurtful comments about another human being is disgusting. I hope that those who chose to deride this gal based on her involuntary condition suffer fates exponentially worse than she.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 7:54:43 AM PST by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Nothing does more damage to the left than an honest election.")
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To: Responsibility2nd
Here's the runner up:

Ugly inside and out

9 posted on 01/10/2014 7:54:47 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: Responsibility2nd

God Bless Lizzie...I can’t imagine the hurt she has gone through but she has persevered.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 7:55:43 AM PST by halo66
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To: Responsibility2nd
I don't see ugly when I look at that picture. If I want to see ugly, I can look at Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, McConnell, etc.
11 posted on 01/10/2014 7:57:05 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

She’s got a message we all need to hear. I hope she makes millions.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 7:59:10 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Right Brother
Runner Up

After all, they say beauty is only skin deep, but this kind of ugly goes clear to the bone

13 posted on 01/10/2014 8:01:02 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Laz would hit it. (sombody had to say it.)


14 posted on 01/10/2014 8:02:32 AM PST by circlecity
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To: nascarnation

15 posted on 01/10/2014 8:03:10 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

She can hang with my group of friends, anytime. Her beauty is evident.


16 posted on 01/10/2014 8:03:59 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The positive comments here are nice, from nice people. But time after time Freepers (usually men) mock women they consider to be ugly. And I don’t just mean the inner “ugliness” Hillarys, Michelles, Nancys. I mean simply outward appearance.


17 posted on 01/10/2014 8:08:09 AM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wow, shave the pits. I have a neighbour from India who is really cute, but she doesn’t shave the pits. Nasty.


18 posted on 01/10/2014 8:08:11 AM PST by real saxophonist (The revolution will not be televised. Everything else will.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

God Bless her. What strength of spirit and a beautiful message.


19 posted on 01/10/2014 8:08:11 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The illness has prevented the 58-pound woman from gaining weight, despite eating about 60 small meals a day

she shouldn't feel too badly - this fact alone would make her the envy and idol of at least half the women I know.

20 posted on 01/10/2014 8:08:32 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Responsibility2nd

I have seen much worse ‘ugly’ on people who think they are beautiful. Those people are so ugly inside that nothing they do on the outside can make them pretty.


21 posted on 01/10/2014 8:09:17 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: real saxophonist
Wow, shave the pits.

what? that is a shadow...

22 posted on 01/10/2014 8:16:12 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: skeeter

Heh, I get it.


23 posted on 01/10/2014 8:19:03 AM PST by LadyBuck (If your name isn't on a list already, you should be ashamed.)
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To: Yaelle
Poor sweetie.

Agreed. She has to bear the burden of an extremely rare condition that may cause premature death. Yet she has found a way to not only deal with it, but use the situation to her advantage - good on her.
24 posted on 01/10/2014 8:21:05 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: informavoracious

“Freepers (usually men) mock women they consider to be ugly”

I’m not defending the people of which you speak. However, I don’t know ONE male freeper that would have told this young woman to kill herself or be anything but pleasant/civil to her. Do the boys have fun with “guilty” or “not guilty?” Yes. However, the two situations are far from similar IMHO>


25 posted on 01/10/2014 8:21:16 AM PST by momtothree
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To: informavoracious

You are correct. But oftentimes there is justification when these ugly women could and even should help things by dressing normally, losing weight, foregoing the tats and tramp stamps, stay off the welfare roles and police blotters, etc. etc.

Rachel Jeantel is a perfect example of an ugly woman who deserved scorn and laughter.


26 posted on 01/10/2014 8:22:52 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The funny thing is that she is not even CLOSE to being the ugliest woman I ever saw. In fact, from the description of the condition, I was expecting much worse. She’s actually not that bad. Go down to where the meth freaks hang out and you will see REAL ugly.


27 posted on 01/10/2014 8:25:18 AM PST by fr_freak
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To: momtothree

Are they dissimilar? If this woman’s photo had been posted on FR WITHOUT the accompanying article, would commenters have been so kind? I don’t think so.


28 posted on 01/10/2014 8:28:12 AM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
She's not the world's ugliest woman. She's just a woman who's had to live with a birth defect.

If you want to see the world's ugliest woman, I'll introduce you to my friend's ex-wife. Superficially cute, but deeply ugly inside.

29 posted on 01/10/2014 8:30:45 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: informavoracious

You r correct and there is NO excuse for it! And then these same people wonder where the kids get it from?


30 posted on 01/10/2014 8:33:07 AM PST by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan! (Mrs. Yellowdoghunter))
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To: MestaMachine

She looks like any of us would look when severely malnourished. We’ve all seen the Auschwitz, or various prison camp pictures. Very similar. Shame she has to carry that cruel label, but kudos to her for standing tall and maximizing its usefulness.


31 posted on 01/10/2014 8:33:55 AM PST by catbertz
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To: informavoracious

“would comments have been so kind”.

I personally like to believe if her photo was posted, most freepers would see that she has an obvious birth defect. Thus, they wouldn’t post she was “guilty”. That being said, I stand by my opinion that NO freeper (male or female) would have posted that “she should kill herself”. I believe if someone did.. the admin moderator would quickly remove such a person.


32 posted on 01/10/2014 8:34:55 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Responsibility2nd

Pretty? No. But Helen Thomas, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, and half the Democrats in Congress are uglier by far.


33 posted on 01/10/2014 8:39:42 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ugly doesn’t apply to people with diseases. It applies to perfectly normal people who, say, decide they would rather weigh 500 pounds than exercise any dietary discipline, or who have three dozen cosmetic surgeries trying to remain 21 years old...or who vote for Communists hoping to get free stuff at their fellow citizens’ expense. :)


34 posted on 01/10/2014 8:40:38 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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There is a disease that causes some people to gain weight. It’s uncommon but it happens. Women who have babies that have this disease are berated by the rest of society for letting their babies get fat.


35 posted on 01/10/2014 9:01:53 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: informavoracious

In defense of what I have seen going on here is that the ugly label or guilty label is quite often based on the personal vile behavior of the female. Molesting children, murder, being a psychophant suck up liberal media type will get a lot ugly comments. On the other hand a very attractive women committing the same vile acts will get a ‘not guilty’ tag mostly as a comment to their attractivness. I have not seem arbitrary comments on other fellow humans on what would otherwise be considered an ugly person, male or female.

Yes! it is somewhat of a sexist attitude but no one takes it seriously and is only meant in jest, except for Moochille and Hilbabeast, et al.


36 posted on 01/10/2014 9:06:36 AM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: skeeter; Salamander

Salamander’s gonna have a issue with that... ;-)


37 posted on 01/10/2014 9:17:06 AM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Specially designed and loved by the Creator of the Universe; and bearing the marks of His Ownership.

God bless Miss Lizzie! May He continue to add to His grace that she may carry her message of the worth of a human soul to boys and girls, men and women, everywhere.

It's a big job, but what other gift could she have that will make her heard through the background noise of the world system?

Ugly? Not to me. Chosen for a God-given task, yes!

38 posted on 01/10/2014 9:29:19 AM PST by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Aw. Poor woman.


39 posted on 01/10/2014 9:30:51 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: BenLurkin

http://americandigest.org/sidelines/political-pictures-hillary-clinton-circuspants.jpg


40 posted on 01/10/2014 9:39:09 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: Responsibility2nd
I'd invite Lizzie Velasquez to dinner with my Family before most public & political women out there today...
41 posted on 01/10/2014 9:51:32 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: fr_freak

I agree. There are plenty of people, without diseases, who are uglier than this lady.


42 posted on 01/10/2014 10:04:35 AM PST by Nea Wood
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To: Yaelle
Ugly is inside therefore Michelle Obama she be awarded this title.
43 posted on 01/10/2014 10:05:56 AM PST by angcat
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To: Axenolith; skeeter

Not at all.

Skeeter’s just given me a giggle...:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nasJY2wSDB4


44 posted on 01/10/2014 10:45:18 AM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; GeronL
When Velasquez was in high school, she discovered an eight second video of herself on YouTube titled “World’s Ugliest Woman.” The video garnered millions of views and comments. Perhaps one of the most hurtful was one who told her to “put a gun to her head and kill herself,” according to IB Times. But this only motivated Velasquez to rise up against cyber bullying.

I thought Youtube had a pollicy against this sort of thing. They certainly showed no restraint in deleting Michele Malkin's videos when they "offended" someone.

45 posted on 01/10/2014 11:23:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: skeeter; Revolting cat!; GeronL; Lazamataz
Just imagine what Nancy Pelosi would look like WITHOUT her plastic surgery.


46 posted on 01/10/2014 11:25:38 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: informavoracious

Cries of “guilty” are usually found in threads with mugshot photos for people who’ve already done bad things (”allegedly”).

Nothing this woman has done has invited scorn or rejection from the peanut gallery.


47 posted on 01/10/2014 11:32:42 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise
She might live forever...


48 posted on 01/10/2014 11:42:31 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: dirtymac

Sadly in the jury box, vile attractive women are also often “not guilty,” and men, ugly or attractive, are often “guilty.” I think we see many cases where a woman gets nothing or a slap on the wrist for crimes that eould send a man away. That’s even worse sexism!


49 posted on 01/10/2014 12:14:10 PM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: Army Air Corps

May cause premature death? I’d say at 60lbs or so that that is a high probability. It’s what she’s doing with her time that is inspiring. I hope she knows Jesus and is serving him.


50 posted on 01/10/2014 12:31:23 PM PST by Bulwyf
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