When People Throw Stones At You, You Turn Them Into Milestone’.
Lizzie Velasquez, who was dubbed the ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ in a video posted on YouTube when she was 17, is an American motivational speaker, anti-bulling activist and author, suffering from a rare congenital disease which among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat. Additionally, she is blind in in her right eye and vision-impaired in her left eye. Doctors told her parents, at birth that she would never speak or walk.
This condition resulted in bullying during her childhood and early youth. She was teased, gawked at or sometimes downright ignored. But stunned, sickened and heartbroken, Velasquez’s response to that cruel video is probably not what most of us would expect. Having experienced bullying her entire life for the way she looks, the Texan teen decided to fight back.
She create her own YouTube channel of personal videos, Velasquez has lobbied for forgiveness, understanding and more positive relationships and outlooks.
she gave her first motivational speech when the assistant principal at her Austin, Texas, high school asked her to tell her story to 400 ninth-grade students. At first, Velasquez worried no one would be able to relate to her, but it quickly became clear to her onstage that her story resonated with the other teens.
Velasquez has written two books, ‘Be Beautiful, Be You and ‘Choosing Happiness’ directed towards teenagers, which share personal stories from her life and offer advice and talks about obstacles she has faced in her life and how she’s learned the importance of choosing to be happy when it’s all too easy to give up. She is now writing her fourth book.
She is also featured in a Lifetime documentary premiering Monday titled “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.”, which is directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo. The movie debuted at SXSW 2015, but made its TV debut on Lifetime on October 17 at 8 p.m. ET