“YOU are the one who decides what defines you.”

If you haven’t already seen it, PLEASE watch this video. Lizzie Velasquez was born with a disease that stops her from ever gaining weight. She’s blind in one eye. When she was 11 years old she came across a You Tube video entitled The World’s Ugliest Woman – a silent eight second image of her. It had four million views. In the comments, among the heinous bile and hatred, someone had written “Lizzie, PLEASE just do the world a favour, put a gun to your head and kill yourself.”

In the video above, Lizzie says, “Am I going to let the people who called me a monster define me? Am I going to let the people who said  ‘Kill it with fire’ define me? No. I’m going to let my goals and my success and my accomplishments be the things that define me.”

I’m humbled and inspired by her bravery and wisdom. This is true beauty.


About antmelder
Executive Creative Director at Host/Havas Sydney; passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen.

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