A Most Admirable Woman: Lizzie Velasquez

A few days ago, an article popped up called “The Ugliest Woman in the World.” I didn’t click it because the idea that someone had the nerve to make a statement like that infuriated me, but when I saw it everywhere, my curiosity won me over. I’m glad it did, because I found a video of what turned out to be one of the most inspirational women I’ve seen on the Internet.

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“Am I Pretty or Ugly?”

“Please be honest,” the girl in the video says, and then she emphasises that she wants to know if she’s pretty or ugly. You can use cuss words if you like — believe it or not, people do so in the comments all the time. I keep wondering: doesn’t she realise? Doesn’t she realise that deep down, there is only one “right” answer for her and all those other girls that put up videos posing that one question: “Am I pretty or ugly?” I’m going to be honest with them.

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The Up-to-Date Phenomenon

“Up-to-date” — it doesn’t just describe the latest trend these days; it has become an integral part of our lives. We know exactly who has done what, when, and where, including updates on how long they have exercised, how many calories they burned, and what they have been eating. I stare at my screen and feel incredibly guilty whenever such an update comes by.

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