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.
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.
what? that is a shadow...
Heh, I get it.
“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>
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.
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.
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.
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.
You r correct and there is NO excuse for it! And then these same people wonder where the kids get it from?
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.
“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.
Pretty? No. But Helen Thomas, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, and half the Democrats in Congress are uglier by far.
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. :)
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.
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.
Salamander’s gonna have a issue with that... ;-)
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!
Aw. Poor woman.
I agree. There are plenty of people, without diseases, who are uglier than this lady.
Not at all.
Skeeter’s just given me a giggle...:)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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