Bullied Woman Turns Hate Into Something Beautiful
Lizzie Velasquez was told to do the world a favor and end her life. Instead, she blossomed into this.
Meet Lizzie Velasquez, a 23-year-old Austin woman whose powerful story is inspiring thousands, including "Muppets Most Wanted" actress Debby Ryan, who posted the following on WhoSay:
"Meet a true hero. She was born with a rare disease. Labelled the world's ugliest hero by a disgusting bully on Youtube [...] She was bullied online, in life, and in school. She was told to do the world a favor and end her life. She turned the hate into something beautiful."
Lizzie was born without any adipose tissue and as a result is unable to gain any weight. Velasquez has to consume 3,000 to 5,000 calories a day (or a high-calorie meal every 15 minutes, as often as 60 times a day) in order to have any energy. Her condition, a form of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome (NPS), has also left her with a blind eye, a pointy nose, and skin that lacks elasticity—which unfortunately have made her victim of cyber-bullying.
But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Lizzie indeed turned hate into something beautiful, by working to inspire those around her to "stop staring and start learning" and to "decide what defines you." Her powerful story has turned her into a YouTube sensation (her channel has over 40,000 subscribers, and counting!), an author (so far she's published two books, "Be Beautiful. Be You" and "Lizzie Beautiful"), and a successful public speaker. Lizzie has also set personal goals—which include having a family of her own. "What a powerful and beautiful woman! Some man will be so lucky to marry her," said Debby Ryan, and we couldn't agree more.