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.


I hit the play button, then watched and listened to Lizzie Velasquez’s story, amazed, but also wondering how and why people that write about Lizzie’s TED Talk can still label her “the ugliest woman in the world.” Someone who can talk with such humour about things that are everything but fun, who is so open and honest, and who has such a powerful message, is everything but ugly. Instead, she should be admired for the positivity with which she stands on the stage and for the fact that she actually stands for something. Lizzie is a woman who is not defined by her appearance, her illness or by the people who bullied her, but by what she does and achieves. These are actually the things that make someone beautiful, that make her beautiful. She does what I’m trying to do: to take something bad and turn it into something good, which is exactly why I find this video so inspirational.

What defines you?