Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Inspiration: Meet the World's Ugliest Woman and her EXPLOITS.

Lizzie Velasquez, was born one month prematurely in the city of San Antonio in Texas, USA. She weighed only 2 pounds & 10 ounces at birth. “They told us they had no idea how she could have survived,” Her mother 45 year old Rita told Daily mail.

The doctors warned Rita and her husband, Lupe, that their oldest child would never be able to walk or talk, let alone live a normal life. Her parents said she was so tiny that the only clothes which could fit her were only found in a toy store.

Despite what her appearance might suggest, Lizzie’s brain, bones, internal organs… developed normally, but she nearly died twice: once when her appendix ruptured at 16 and another time at 19, because her blood cells were not multiplying properly (she was critically anaemic). Lizzie was born with two brown eyes, but when she was four, her right eye began to change color and she became blind from that eye.

23 year old Lizzie has a younger sister, Marina who’s 15 and a younger brother Chris who’s 12. Her younger siblings are both normal.

To stay healthy, Lizzie has to eat around 60 small meals a day, which correspond to 5000-8000 calories. Even though she eats what could make all of us obese, she has almost 0% body fat and has never weighed more than 60.2 pounds (27.3kg).

When she was in high school, Lizzie Velasquez was dubbed ”The World’s Ugliest Woman.” In the midst of peer pressure and abuse, she set 4 goals for herself:

*To become a motivational speaker
*To publish a book
*To graduate college
*To build a family and a career for herself.

A viewer who viewed her 8sec long Youtube video encouraged her to kill herself and called her a monster.

At age 23, Lizzie has 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.

“The stares are what I’m really dealing with in public right now,” she told Dr. Drew Pinsky in an interview on CNN’s Headline News  “But I think I’m getting to the point where… instead of sitting by and watching people judge me, I’m starting to want to go up to these people and introduce myself or give them my card and say, ‘Hi, I’m Lizzie. Maybe you should stop staring and start learning’.”