Lizzie Velasquez is one of only three people on Earth born with an unusual genetic ailment that prevents her from gaining any weight.
She has never weighed over 62 pounds in her life, and in addition, Velasquez was also born sightless in her right eye.
She discovered a video of herself on YouTube labeled “The World’s Ugliest Woman” prior to her junior year of high school. Unfortunately, the video had already received four million hits on the website.
Velasquez’s parents attempted to get the YouTube video taken off, but the unidentified figure who posted it professed he would never remove it. Instead of suffering from anger, hopelessness and depression, Velasquez took a different approach to her attitude.
After educating some high school freshmen about her rare disorder, she challenged the issue of bullying face-to-face and generated a schedule of dialogue arrangements. As a result, Velasquez appeared on multiple television programs which allowed her to produce three books, including “Be Beautiful, Be You.” Both of her parents raised her in a Catholic Church where they both worked for.
Velasquez’s choice to serve Jesus Christ came just before graduating from high school. She acknowledged her trust in Jesus allowed her to withstand anything from ridicule to bodily frailties.
“It’s been my rock through everything, just having the time to be alone and pray and talk to God and know that He’s there for me,” said Velasquez.
This year, she planned to devote her time and energy traveling anywhere in order to reveal her story of perseverance and faith.
“Even when it seems like things will never get better in the darkest times,” said the new Texas State University alumnus reports Charisma News. “if you have faith and continue to push yourself, you can eventually get through anything.”