When it comes to their appearance and/or self-esteem, everyone has their own challenges.
It’s possible that you desire to lose weight or have your teeth fixed. There’s always something you’d like to do better at.
Well, I’ll always remember Lizzie Velásquez from Austin, Texas, whenever I need inspiration.
Lizzie was born with a very unusual genetic condition that stops her from gaining weight, affecting her appearance.
Torment can ruin anyone’s heart and mind, but Lizzie was convinced that these individuals would not succeed. She’s now a global motivational speaker after turning her life around.
Now, I want you, the person reading this, to take a moment to think back on your life at the age of 16. For me, there are plenty of memories from that time – both good and bad – but overall, it was a time when many things were changing. There were more hormones, emotions, and sometimes even mental challenges that you had to fight against.
Overall, I hope it was a happy moment in your life, as it was in mine.
Pretend you were dubbed “The Ugliest Woman/Man in the World” when you were 16 years old. Not only that, but there’s also a video of you with the caption “The Ugliest Woman/Man in the World.” Hundreds of thousands of people have watched that video, and in the comments, people are saying the most derogatory things about you.
This was Lizzie Velásquez’s awful reality. Throughout her school years, she was teased – both in person and online – and it might have easily shattered her.
Lizzie, on the other hand, had different ideas. She resolved to combine all of her negative emotions and turn them into something positive. That is why we adore her and want to share her inspiring tale with the world.
Lizzie Velásquez was born in Austin, Texas, on March 13, 1989.
She weighed barely 2 pounds and 11 ounces when she was born, and she stood out from the other newborns in the hospital from the minute she was born.
Lizzie didn’t realise she was different since she was so small, and she’d always been Lizzie. When she attended kindergarten at the age of five, however, she immediately saw something was wrong.
“I was just Lizzie to my family.” For a 5-year-old, it was a harsh reality check. “The other kids were terrified of me, pointing at me and refusing to sit with me,” she said in an interview with Today. “I couldn’t take it in.” Why was it happening to me when I wasn’t doing anything to them? I didn’t dare to tell anyone about it.
“Finally, I told my parents, who told me, ‘There’s nothing wrong with you; you’re just smaller than the other kids.’ ‘You are gorgeous and intelligent, and you can do anything.’