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Monday, 26 September 2016

"The World's Ugliest Woman" Lizzie Velasquez is fighting back...in a different way

American motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist and author, Lizzie Velasquez was dubbed the 'World's Ugliest Woman" in a video posted on YouTube when she was 17. She has a rare congenital disease which among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat. The condition resulted in bullying during her childhood and early youth.


The 27-year-old from Austin, Texas, who has spoken out against bullying, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome by the Baylor College of Medicine. She has zero percent body fat and is medically unable to gain weight. 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. The doctors were wrong. In fact, at 27, she does both professionally. HuffPost described her as a "seasoned motivational speaker and a "self-professed pacer" while she speaks on stage"
"There were many times where I was so frustrated and angry. I didn’t know who to blame or who to get angry at. I made every birthday wish, I lit every candle at church and did every prayer before bed. I said ‘God, please take this all away from me. Please make me normal,"  Velasquez told the crowd during one of her speaking engagements last year.
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.

Growing up in Texas, Velasquez was teased, gawked at or sometimes downright ignored. She remembers her first day of kindergarten and noticing for the first time in her life that other kids were scared of her. She went home and asked her parents what was wrong with her.
"I credit my parents’ answer with why I’m able to do what I do today," she said to HuffPost. When I asked them what was wrong with me they said there’s nothing wrong with you. The only difference is that you’re smaller than the other kids. They told me we are going to love you and support you and help you reach every dream you have," she added.
Her parents treated her like everyone else. But the world did not. Velasquez remembers going to amusement parks and feeling like an attraction. Groups of adults would stop mid-conversation and stare at her. She refused to go to water parks because she couldn’t stand to be in a bathing suit in public.


A documentary film based on her life which is entitled A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, premiered at SXSW last year and is set to premiere on Lifetime on October 17th, 2016. The optimistic young woman took to Instagram five days ago to write about the birth of the documentary.
"I still remember the day we hung up giant post it notes on a wall and brainstormed what would be needed to bring @abraveheartfilm life. I remember our cheers of happiness as each of you gave so generously of your time and money to help our team. I remember the day we realized this project was so much larger than us. I want to congratulate not only our Brave Heart team but everyone who has watched, shared, and helped give a voice to those who needed the help. On October 17th at 8pm PT/ET, our documentary will make its television debut on @lifetimetv! Here's to us remembering the day we helped bring awareness to the possibility of coming out on the other side of bullying"
Source: Lizzie Velasques/Instagram, Wikipedia, additional information from Huff Post.

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51 comments:

livingstone chibuike said...

If u enter abakiliki u'll knw dat dis bitch is an angel

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Aya...



~glo rule your world~ cos I do•

Anonymous said...

Checkout the woman with the biggest bum in Africa (Photos)

Uju Phil said...

OMG...God abeg oh!

Anonymous said...

Sugarmummy Veronica is looking for a young guy that can satisfy her

ike manuel said...

God is her strength!

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Na person born this one huh?
Ew FREEBORN WEPT AND WEPT!
She deserve the ugliest bitch award please.
HOW DO SHE COUP IN THIS WORLD OF EVILS AND HATERS HUH?
i won't be surprise to hear that one broke ass dude marry her!
















#sad indeed

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

So much unnecessary pain. But she realised what's truly important, found her peace and she's now healed and happy! Let them talk! Who cares? I sure don't!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

edDREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Fighting back hw? All the best to her though...
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Alloy Chikezie said...

Eyah!

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Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

Eiya
Signed
LibBadBoy

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evy claret said...

Eeya

Eva Da Diva...

Juliet Iwuno said...

God is Awesome! Linda take note!

Ohiren's Zone said...

Very Nice.

Nnenne George said...

Who says she's ugly.. Atleast she's more beautiful than this gay idiot called bobrisky and his entire homo clan..

Saphire Muna said...

I dnt know what to say abt this... She is image of God..... Simple













......... Liber maniac.............

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

We are equal children of God

OSINANL said...

HMMMMMMMMMMM.... LIP SEALED

Eres Gilloway said...

She has a nice fashion sense, and am still brokeπŸ˜•

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

HMMMMMM







AUNTY LINDA πŸ‘©

Genevieve Okoroigbo said...

Na wa ooo egwu dikwa.










says, Genevieve.

christie benjamin said...

The Lord is ur strength...it's well!
Aww... see Mr. Handsome Justin Baldoni! Luh yeh, man!

aurelia ekewenu said...

God of mercy.

Jamila Shaibu said...

Eyahhhhh!

Lady G said...

She's such a beautiful spirit! I love her, and the cause she's pushing for!

Lady G
www.gabychronicles.com
XOXO

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

Noted

Eze Chinyere said...

This is beyond ugly ohhh.

Ossy Uche said...

She's created for a purpose. Insulting her is like maintaining God's work ain't beautiful.

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

God created her for a purpose. Her story is giving someone somewhere hope


Long Live LIB

Julius Idowu said...

God he great! He alone understands

Guinevere Felix said...

strong lady! self love motivating

Ebere Nwabueze said...

A braze heart indeed,she is making impacts and being recognised world wide,some so called normal or beautiful individuals will never attain such heights,weldone girl! And more success in your works

ALINCO NONI said...

She's still a Virgin.

aka chukwu said...

this life is just very funny.. here I am looking for where to deposit my fat meanwhile someone is looking for fat,

Mirian Chinyere said...

I am lifted by this woman story

Mirian Chinyere said...

I am lifted by this woman story

kamustaka79 bluestone said...

Gosh...I've listened to her speak...she is highly highly intelligent and full of humour.she has a sweet heart and is really amazing. Such an inspiration. God bless u darling.

Uju Ikegbune said...

Beautiful Spirit she got!

ochouba chidinma said...

Awwwww!! #Strong Woman!!.......GOD STRENGTHEN YOU..... I See Justin Baldoni of Jane the Virgin.....

Anonymous said...

God bless her heart. She's a beautiful soul.

Vivian Reginalds said...

heya
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

taiwo olufemi said...

You re a munkuru you idiot

Anonymous said...

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liz swt 16 said...

God continue to giv her strenght. Eva mendez, I sight u

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Philips choice said...

I fear sha! She's scary.

Eleojo Blessing said...

I feel so inspired right now

Nana said...

Bitch?..seriousy you need help

Anonymous said...

Bring it on; rukiesworld@live.com

Oluwafunmi Tessy said...

Gosh...I've listened to her speak...she is highly highly intelligent and full of humour.she has a sweet heart and is really amazing. Such an inspiration. God bless u darling.

I feel so inspired right now

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