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"worlds Ugliest Woman" --- Stop Staring, Start Learning

She has been ridiculed, stared at in the street and called 'the world's ugliest woman' by insensitive cyber bullies.

Lizzie Velasquez says she can shrug off the hurtful comments about her looks as 'just words'.

Miss Velasquez, from Austin, Texas, was born without adipose tissue - meaning she has no body fat and, despite eating up to 60 small meals a day, remains at only 58lbs.

The rare condition still baffles doctors and is thought to affect just two other people worldwide. Miss Velazquez has now written a second book about her struggle to be accepted and hopes it will help others in a similar position.

In Be Beautiful, Be You the 23-year-old college senior shares advice on being unique, how to make and keep good friends and how to deal with bullying and negativity.

Speaking to Dr Drew Pinsky on Tuesday night about her experiences, Miss Velasquez said when cyber bullies first started attacking her online it was hard.

She told Dr Drew: 'I'm human... of course these things are going to hurt... (but) I'm not going to let those things define me.'

Eventually Miss Velasquez realised the people issuing the hurtful comments online were just cowards hiding behind a computer screen.

'At the end of the day, these are just words,' Miss Velasquez told Dr Drew. 'If they are so proud, then they should show their face.'

When asked how she deals with being constantly stared at in the street Miss Velasquez said: '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".'

Miss Velasquez also revealed she does not have any desire to look like a beautiful celebrity.

She said: 'I feel I'm really glad I don't look like the celebrities out there who are beautiful, because there are a lot of stereotypes attached to that.

'People think "she's so pretty, she must be really dumb". Since I don't look like that it's better because people can get to know the real me.'

This Girl has got it figured out... she defines herself!!!! Way to GO LIZZIE!!!!

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Vivagalore Vivagalore 31-35, F 60 Responses Sep 14, 2012

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hi babe,
my name is SACH,
a studying actor and a damn good guy
please msg me/add me/ or read my stories and laugh away!

As for your story?

wonderful ..thanks for sharing :)

It really is the easiest thing in the world to bring people down. I really admire this young woman

Inspiring and humbling story, thankyou for sharing it. Recently in the uk we have had a young girl commit suicide because of cyberbullies. It makes me ashamed to be human

I don\'t think the message is to be ashamed, I think the message is be strong and still kind.

I think I am strong, and certainly protective of the vulnerable. My problem here is that with regard to cyberbullies I feel a sense of total uselessness. I am a 49 year old man operating in an online world where 9 year old kids would find my lack of knowledge risible.

Lmfao...I have just written a long pm to you saying how much I admire your profile and it won\'t let me send it lol. Point proven

Awh I\'m sorry I don\'t know why it won\'t let you send it. But it\'s the thought that counts so let me just say thank you!

Says your settings only allow communication from members of your circle.

Well said

Why thankyou. :-)

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Ugly? Oh go away! Yes, she has a facial complexion, but seriously, her body is 10 times better looking than mine.

She doesn't deserve that title, I bet there are uglier women around, because if this is the ugliest the human race can do, I'm in the top 10 too.

Funny, I think you\'re pretty.

Something about Lizzie? you can really see a person worth knowing in those eyes.

She is really gorgeous. I have a strong soul too.

Yep. So many people respond as far as the shell, quite forgetting that there\'s a person in there

My daughter works with a little girl that has a chromosome disorder. I can't quite remember what the disorder is called, but one of the side affects is that she can't gain weight. She's 8, but is about the size of a 5 year old and is bone thin like this woman. She is the most amazing little girl, that has this light about her being. There is just something about her that you really have to be a bad person not to feel happiness when she is around. People are mean with their stares and comments, but she seems oblivious about it and always keeps a smile on her face. It makes you wonder who really has the disability.

It's sad that people can be very insulting and doesn't care about hurting the less fortunate! I was brought up to respect and accept people as they come and never to make fun of others. Whenever I see others who are less fortunate than myself, I would do everything I can in my power to welcome the person with open arms.... In the church when I see people with disabilities, I would sit with them and somehow with my positive gestures when I look at them I could feel their satisfaction being in my presence . I would hug them during the kiss of peace and I would hug them to make them feel the love that maybe no one has ever given them. This is what God expects from all of us . To pass on the love to those who are less fortunate than me.

Wow, should kick the people that bully her, though I can't help but think, how and where does she eat and fit all that food in her tiny body?

<----wondered the same thing about the food. Also I know she needs immense amounts of calories but, her food selections worried me, its junk food, junk junk and more junk, even if you have to consume a lot of calories all the chemicals and additives in junk food can't be good for the body... and nutritionally dense food would still be a beneficial choice

That's a very good point, that thought ran through my mind too.

I feel like crying. Screw the people who put her down!

This woman is definitely to be admired. I think shes beautiful!

actually i've seen much worse at my county fair lol

Shame on those who have bullied her. I'd love for them to walk just one day in her shoes.

Me too!!

That is, like, my ideal woman.

I think she is more capable then other stereotype people who obsessed with the outer beauty rather than the inner one. I hate to see people being mean to people who are born with some kind of deficiency. Can't we just accept for the simple fact five fingers are never the same. Let us just be more humane and see their inner side which is far more compassionate than ours. Way to go Lizzie, in my books you are a true CHAMPION !!!

Why can't things just be fair, I wish everyone was the same unique, ugly, fat, and poor? Maybe that way we would all accept each other for exactly who they are. This world has pushed us to believe that being pretty is more to strive for then actually living. I think it's time we made a stand to uplift more people like Lizzie than people who look like Rihanna, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, and Tyson Beckford. I like to see her on the front page of a magazine better yet be a model.

That's why I prefer being around people that don't look pretty and perfect...they're more real, know what I mean?

I am really sorry for her

She is truly amazing in my eyes...... Rock hard Lizzie

This is the second time I heard about her. I did want to know more. I can't remember where I read or watched something on her. I doubt it was youtube related since I use it for music. Theres so many questions I want to ask. Not just on an emotional level, but as well as scientific. Shes knocking it out the park being a college senior and calling out the internet bullies and stating exactly what it is and what they are.

That's one of many reasons I admire her. She's got more ganas (balls) than most people do!

Don't mind other people say or think, they bullied because they don't know how to be truth to their self, so stand up and inspire us more :)) Prove to them that you can do everything.

Wow...I can't imagine how tough is must be to have the condition she has. I don't mean emotionally, even though that must be tough as well. But physically it's crazy. She is probably weak and it said she eats 90 small meals a day! What? That's crazy...

8000 calories to maintain her 60 lbs...that's something else isn't it?

I'm inspired.XOXO

Now this isn't just about Lizzie, but I've been friends with someone that to everyone else, wasn't attractive, but she was to me, which is why I became friends with her. She was quite a bit older than me, and was a thalamide (miscarriage drug) baby, meaning this lady was seriously deformed, but the things she learned how to do anyway would put any ablebodied person (myself included) to shame. Her arms were shorter than average, her fingers did not bend, and she had no toes, which makes walking very difficult, if not impossible. Yet she walked...not far, not fast, but she walked. She also took wonderful pictures, sculpted, played accordian, and had a great voice! She was one of those ones who constantly went to school, and I admired the hell out of her. I know some "pretty people" who if they were suddenly not so "pretty" anymore...they wouldn't attempt half the stuff she learned to do. Might I also mention, she was one HELLL of a pool player!

Your friend sounds like she's quite accomplished. It sounds like once she figured out how to compensate for her shorter arms etc...The proverbial sky is the limit for her. It amazing how some people adapt and overcome what some would call liabilities. It's people like your friend and Lizzie that become the role models for many young people.

I agree, which is why I was so honored to have her as a friend for a few years. I have a turtle she scuplted for me, gave it to me when I was 19. Never mind my ipod or my nook, if someone destroyed my TURTLE, I'd be really, really p*ssed!! That's a special turtle, made by a very special person! :-)

She's not ugly at all! Those people who stare are probablly uncomfortable with themselves, and I'm going to look up that disease, so I'll know more about it, and how it affects her. Plus, the "ugly" people are usually the most fascinating.

And there are only 3 people in the world with She's a brave, strong woman, that's what I think!!

This is a nice story...She should be proud of who she is....she should audition for a part on the Walking Dead!

er harsh?

It would be easy for her to hide at home and feel sorry for herself.
She is a lot stronger , mentally and morally than many people I know.

I think she's actually kinda pretty myself

I noticed she has lots of nice features, like her hair is gorgeous, and so's her smile!

It's hard to believe that someone labeled this young lady the "ugliest woman in the world". The problem with society is that some people think because your outer appearance differs from most people that it automatically makes you ugly. It's mean and cruel to call this young lady the "ugliest woman" and to stare at her in public. She's not ugly, she just has a genetic condition that affects her outward appearance.

I think that the biggest problem with society today is intolerance. The moment somebody or something is not how they want it they ridicule it. This sucks. People are beautiful no matter what they look like or what others think. Nothing in life is permanent and outer beauty fades very quickly. Go Girl, don't let them get you down

I applaud this young lady. She is not afraid to stand up and be herself. Being yourself IS beautiful and so is she.