Friday, September 14, 2012

"The World's Ugliest Woman"

Today I want every Cute-rs to meet Lizzie Velasquez.

Lizzie is a 23-year old College Student who's born with a rare syndrome, which is still undiagnosed up to this day. There are only 3 people who have this in the world. One is Amanda, 30 years old and lives in England with her husband. The second one, the youngest, Abigail who is 15-years old. The third is the woman of the hour, Lizzie. And yes, I noticed that too. All of them are girls.

A few years back she was tagged as the "The World's Ugliest Woman" in youtube. She has no adipose tissue and cannot create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. She have zero percent body fat, weighs only 60 lbs and stands 5’2. The main syndrome is being unable to gain weight.


There is no name for her rare medical condition, yet she fits many characteristics of different syndrome but not enough to be diagnosed.

Instead of crying when bullied, she gets up, smile, remained positive and write a book. She became a motivational speaker for seven years and has given more than 200 workshops on embracing uniqueness, dealing with bullies, and overcoming obstacles.

She published her first book "Lizzie Beautiful" in 2010 and just last month she published her second book  "Be Beautiful, Be You".

Since she cannot store fat she has to eat every 15 to 20 minutes enough to have energy to get through the day. She's blind in one eye and has limited sight in the other.


What Lizzie want everybody to learn is to 'Stop Staring and Start Learning'. ~Sounds fair. Each of us has problems of our own. Instead of focusing on others (stare and whisper about their looks and all) we should focus on ourselves, our family and loved ones. I once read a saying, "Be nice to everyone you meet today. They might be having a bad day".

Thank you Lizzie, I learned something new today.

All the best,
-shaw

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