Meet Lizzie Velasquez, The World’s Ugliest Woman (Photos)

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The doctors were wrong. In fact, at 26, she does both professionally. A seasoned motivational speaker and a self-professed “pacer”.

Last year, while filming a documentary about her life, Velasquez finally got a diagnosis for her disorder. She has a rare neonatal progeroid syndrome and is one of only three known people to have the disorder.

The disorder makes it impossible for her to gain weight — she has zero percent body fat and has never weighed more than 64 pounds — regardless of how often she eats, which can be up to 60 times a day. It also causes early aging and has left her blind in one eye.

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Lizzie Velasquez

“There were many times where I was so frustrated and angry, but yet i encouraged myself. I didn’t know who to blame or who to get angry at. I made every birthday wish, I lit every candle at church and did every prayer before bed. I said ‘God, please take this all away from me. Please make me normal,’ Velasquez told the crowd.

Velasquez’s stage presence is remarkable. She is a natural — at ease, funny, self-deprecating and relatable. She told The Huffington Post that she feels most at home on stage, which, given her early life experiences, comes as a surprise, even to her.

 

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