Lizzie Velasquez suffers from a rare medical condition that prevents her body from storing fats and building muscles, leaving her extremely underweight.
To add to her troubles, Lizzie is blind in one eye and was bullied online. She was branded the world’s ugliest woman in an online video in 2012. The video went viral, generating millions of views on YouTube and attracting thousands of nasty comments about her looks.
Even a normal girl without Lizzie’s medical problems would struggle to stand up to the kind of online onslaught that she had to face.
Lizzie Velasquez was different, she stood up for herself, inspiring others through the story of her struggles and her never say die attitude to make the most of the onetime gift that we all have – the gift of life.
Please share this inspiring video with your friends and all those young girls facing pressures of growing up in a society that places so much emphasis on looks, wealth and fame.
Books by Lizzie Velasquez
Lizzie Velasquez has written two books that are worth reading, especially by those struggling with low self-esteem.
Lizzie Beautiful: In her first book, Lizzie Velasquez reveals details of her struggles and how she manages to live in a society obsessed with supermodel looks and outer appearance.
The book also reveals journal entries that Lizzie’s mother wrote to her as a child, a touching tribute to her remarkable parents who brought her up with a motto ‘have just one good cry and then stand up, ready to face the world.’
The book is sure to leave the readers admiring the remarkable fighting spirit and determination displayed by Lizzie Velasquez, and inspired t0 stand up for themselves.
Be Beautiful, Be You: In her second book Lizzie Velasquez shares her advice on being unique, how to make and keep good friends, dealing with bullying and negativity.
The book goes deeper to reveal the art of personal meditation, talking to God in your own words, and setting realistic goals.
The book shares Lizzie’s personal experiences, as well as those shared by readers of her first book, Lizzie Beautiful.