According to HuffPo, Lizzie Velasquez became a celebrity on Dec. 5, 2013, when her TED Talk in Austin became a hit. In her speech, Velasquez explained that her life changed at age 17, when she saw herself on a YouTube video entitled “The world’s ugliest woman.” The video’s comments section featured comments such as, “Do the world a favor and put a gun to your head.”
“Instead of just taking shelter of my tears, I chose to be happy and realize this syndrome is not a problem but a blessing that allows me to improve myself and inspire other people,” said Velasquez.
In the years since she saw the video and comments, Velasquez graduated from college, wrote three self-help books (the third, “Choosing Happiness,” will be published in August) and gained tens of thousands of followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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