I just stumbled on this, for all of you out there who think you have issues, who think you are ugly, who make fun of others, who put people down because they do not fit into certain stereotypes of beauty, this should make you think and if you are not touched, then I don’t know if anything can touch you to be considerate on yourself and on others ~ cknaija
When she was in high school, Lizzie Velasquez was dubbed “The World’s Ugliest Woman” in an 8- second-long YouTube video. Born with a medical condition so rare
that just two other people in the world are thought to have it, Velasquez has no adipose tissue and cannot create muscle, store energy, or
gain weight. She has zero percent body fat and weighs just 60 pounds.
In the comments on YouTube, viewers called her “it” and
“monster” and encouraged her to
kill herself. Instead, Velasquez set four goals: To become a
motivational speaker, to publish a book, to
graduate college, and to build a family and a career for herself.
Now 23 years old, she’s been a motivational speaker for seven years and has given more than
200 workshops on embracing uniqueness, dealing with bullies
and overcoming obstacles. She’s a senior majoring in
Communications at Texas State University in San Marcos, where
she lives with her best friend. Her
first book, “Lizzie Beautiful,” came
out in 2010 winning the hearts of many around the world and
her second, “Be Beautiful, Be You,”
was published earlier September and In 2013 she’s hoping to write her third book.
“The stares are what I’m really dealing with in public right now,” she told Dr. Drew Pinsky in an interview on CNN’s Headline News. But I think I’m
getting to 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
Maybe you should stop staring and start learning. Velasquez was born in San Antonio, Texas; she
was four weeks premature and
weighed just 2 pounds, 10 ounces.
“They told us they had no idea how she could have survived,” her
mother, Rita, 45, told the Daily Mail. “We had to buy doll’s clothes from the toy store because baby
clothes were too big”
Doctors warned Rita and her husband, Lupe, that their
oldest child would never be able
to walk or talk, let alone live a normal life. (Her two younger
siblings were not affected by the
syndrome.) Instead, she has thrived. Her internal organs, brain,
and bones developed normally, though her body is tiny. Since she has no fatty tissue in
which to store nutrients, she has
to eat every 15 to 20 minutes to have enough energy to get
through the day. One brown eye started clouding over when she was 4 years old, and now she’s
blind in that eye and has only limited sight in the other.
Taken from did you know FB page