Skip to comments.Lizzie Velasquez, Labeled ‘World’s Ugliest Woman,’ Becomes Motivational Speaker (Video)
Posted on 01/10/2014 7:47:54 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
Being labeled the Worlds 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 Worlds 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 Worlds 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.
Ive had a really difficult life, but thats OK, she said. Im 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?
Its not easy, I will be the first to tell you its 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, shes dealt with this for so long, and to be honest, Im 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.
24 years old
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.
I watched the video last night. She’s impressive. She puts problems in perspective they way she lives her life.
Wait until we see Hillary in Jan 2025 after completing her 2nd term....
Way cool. Praise GOD for Lizzie’s spirit and example!
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.
Ugly inside and out
God Bless Lizzie...I can’t imagine the hurt she has gone through but she has persevered.
She’s got a message we all need to hear. I hope she makes millions.
After all, they say beauty is only skin deep, but this kind of ugly goes clear to the bone
Laz would hit it. (sombody had to say it.)
She can hang with my group of friends, anytime. Her beauty is evident.
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.
Wow, shave the pits. I have a neighbour from India who is really cute, but she doesn’t shave the pits. Nasty.
God Bless her. What strength of spirit and a beautiful message.
she shouldn't feel too badly - this fact alone would make her the envy and idol of at least half the women I know.
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