By Sandra Birungi
Lizzie Velasquez, 23, is the “The World’s Ugliest Woman”, a title she got when she was only in high school. Today, she is a motivational speaker who inspires people to feel beautiful, no matter what.
Her features however are the way they are because of a medical condition she was born with which does not allow her to adipose tissue or create muscle. The disease makes it impossible for her to store energy, or gain weight and has zero percent body fat; she weighs just 60 pounds. She has a series of books to her name. Her first book, “Lizzie Beautiful,” came out in 2010 and her second, “Be Beautiful, Be You,” was published early September 2012.
“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’.”