A TRUE BEAUTY FROM WITHIN
When she was in high school, Lizzie Velasquez was dubbed “The World’s
Ugliest Woman” in an 8-second-long YouTube video. Born with a medical
condition so rare that just two other people in the world are thought to have it, Velasquez has no adipose tissue and cannot create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. She has zero percent body fat and weighs just 60 pounds.
In the comments on YouTube, viewers called her “it” and “monster” and encouraged her to kill herself. Instead, Velasquez set four goals: To become a motivational speaker, to publish a book, to graduate college, and to build a family and a career for herself.
Now 23 years old, she’s been a motivational speaker for seven years and has given more than 200 workshops on embracing uniqueness, dealing with bullies, and overcoming obstacles. She’s a senior majoring in Communications at Texas State University in San Marcos, where she lives with her best friend. Her first book, “Lizzie Beautiful,” came out in 2010 and her second, “Be Beautiful, Be You,” was published earlier this month.
*** A TRUE BEAUTY ***
I once tried setting up my friend, Y, with K, who was older than her; but it turned out, K was still a baby.
Not to be discouraged, I tried setting her up again with someone I haven’t even met. GM sounded good on paper and I wrote something about him somewhere around here.
GM e-mailed back, and for a while, I thought that something will come out from all my efforts (or shenanigans, my word of the day).
However, GM is now lost to follow-up.
Thus ends my career as matchmaker.