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How Lizzie Velasquez, once called the 'world's ugliest woman', beat her internet bullies

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First published: January 10, 2014, 1:22 PM IST | Updated: January 10, 2014
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How Lizzie Velasquez, once called the 'world's ugliest woman', beat her internet bullies
Lizzie Velasquez, once called the 'world's ugliest woman', shares her story on how she overcame life's hurdles.

Lizzie Velasquez was just a teenager when she found a YouTube video called the 'world's ugliest woman'. She was born with a rare condition which causes her to have a hyper metabolism and keeps her from gaining any weight - she weighs only 29 kilos. She's also blind in her right eye. Lizzie was the subject of the online video that had been viewed more than four million times. Some of the viewers even suggested that she commit suicide.

Lizzie too, like all teenagers, was shattered at first. "I cried my eyes out of course, and I was ready to kind of fight back, and something kind of clicked in my head and I thought 'I'm just going to leave it alone'," Lizzie says. She asked herself: "Am I going to let the people who called me a monster define me? No. I'm going to let my goals and my success and my accomplishments be the things that define me."

Today, Lizzie has authored two books (the third is in the making) and has become a motivational speaker. Agreed, her journey so far has been unimaginably difficult, but she hasn't let the troubles ever define who she is. For Lizzie, the glass has always been half full. "I can't see out of one eye, but I can see out of the other. I might get sick a lot, but I have really nice hair," she says.

Watch Lizzie share her story at a Ted Talk in Austin, Texas. If this video doesn't inspire you, we don't know what will. And, the video of her speech at TED Talk also has more than a million views!

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