#545 Lizzie Velasquez is beautiful

Lizzie Velasquez

Photo clip from Lizzie Velasquez’s “It Gets Better” video, below

Born with no adipose tissue, Lizzie Velasquez is a 60-pound, 23-year-old woman on a mission to share her story. She wants to teach people to look beyond the exterior, their own and others’, to help them acknowledge and embrace their inner beauty.

Only three people in the world have the condition that makes her so unique, and doctors are uncertain what it is. Her body is unable to store fat or muscle. One of her eyes is blind; the other has limited vision. Her appearance can be startling at first glance.

Velasquez is no stranger to bullying. Some people stare, make ugly comments or send vicious e-mails, but this gutsy young woman has the grit to speak out. She is honest about the pain it causes her, though she refuses to let anything stop her. In the video she made in 2010, she says:

I’m going to be honest. It was really hard for me to look in the mirror and accept who I was. I know you’ve heard time and time again people saying, “Be proud of who you are. Be yourself.” But you’re probably thinking, “Why am I going to be myself if I’m just going to be made fun of?”

I know the feeling. It made me feel so alone and so vulnerable, like things were never going to get better. I’m sure many of you can relate to that. But listen to this, and let it sink in. You are not alone.

Velasquez deals with the bullying by setting her personal bar higher. The bullying still hurts, but it also compels her to act instead of retreat. She has published two books and has plans for a third. She is a popular motivational speaker and a university student in communications. She is a woman on the rise.

Part of Lizzie’s secret is a family who love her unconditionally and expect the best of her, as you can see in this Today Show interview. I watched it with tears of admiration for this feisty young woman.

Lizzie Velasquez, you are extraordinarily beautiful. Your spirit shines through your whole being. You give me hope.

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6 comments
Naomi Baltuck - January 17, 2013

Oh, Cathryn. This made me cry. What an amazing young woman. And she was born into the right family–so much love and encouragement!

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    admin - January 17, 2013

    Lizzie is challenging stereotypes and misperceptions and in doing so is enlarging life for all of us. I’m so grateful to learn about her.

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Mike Watson - November 9, 2013

Lizzie is unquestionably one of God’s greatest, and most beautiful creations! I am happily married to a very loving spirit, but if I were single I would marry her just for who she is! She truly IS beautiful…she is the gift that God has given us.

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thomas - May 2, 2014

lizzie velasquez, your a real knock out and this bully needs his eyes and brain examined for he’s the loser and doesn’t see all your beauty. if i wasn’t married i would grab you myself and that’s no joke. bring this idiot to me and i’ll embarrass him to the point of no return.

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thomas (@antarcticman1) - June 13, 2015

to lizzie velazquez, your one of the most gorgeous woman alive and that’s no metaphor. your rare condition is an inspiration to all the human race and those so called bullies who knock you down about your looks can look in the mirror and it will crack on them for their so stupid, ignorant and full of shit they can’t wipe any of it our of their asses. the problem is lizzie that most males are assholes and only want sex for their the ugly ones and don’t hav a conscience and are so full of shit that what ever woman sleeps with sleaze balls like that are desperate. your a knock out and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, it’s the beuty inside that counts. if i wasn’t married and near your age i would marry you a and that comes straight from the heart,

bottom line: YOUR DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!

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