Lizzie Velasquez's Story Of Success In Spite Of Her Rare Medical Condition

Date December 11, 2017

We have heard several stories of people who against all odd turned out successful in life but not many have the kind of story that Lizzie Velasquez has.

Lizzie's health

Born prematurely with a rare congenital disease known as Marfonoid-progeroid-lipodystrophy syndrome, Lizzie came into this world fighting to stay alive.

Let’s see how many times I can pose in this same spot ????????

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As a result of her congenital condition, it was difficult for her to gain any weight. And in addition to that, she also suffered from blindness in her right eye.

Her story of becoming happy.

Throughout her schooling days, she was always bullied because she looked different from every other person. It was such a difficult experience for her but that was not all. By the time she was seventeen, she was described as the ugliest woman in the world.

Instead of allowing all that to determine her future, she decided to ignore the general opinion of people about her and build the life of her dream.

She went study communication and became a globally sought out motivational speaker with a message inspiring people all over the world to rise above bullying.

Speaking about her feeling all those years, she said:

I am human … of course those things are going to hurt … (but) I’m not going to let those things define me

Lizzie Velasquez's bio

At the age of 17, Lizzie had an interview at a TV station that got online and went viral. By the time she got to see the video, it had already received more than four million views!


More disheartening was that the comments weren’t even nice at all. It was like graduating from high school bullying to global bullying via the cyberspace. She once said:

True beauty is discovering your own uniqueness and owning it

She was distrust by the condition by dying to the encouragement of her family; she got over it and saw things differently. She decided to see what the world criticized her for as a gift and that was the turning point for her.

Lizzie later gave a TedXAustinWomen talk on “How Do You Define Yourself”. The video has had more than 11 million views so far and over twelve thousand comments. The good part though is that this time around, they were largely positive comments.

You can watch the TedXAustinWomen talk below and leave your comments as well.

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