The 29-year-old weighs only 64 pounds due to a scarce condition called Marfan lipodystrophy syndrome. This condition is so rare that only one other person has it. She has been bullied her whole life, but she remains unfazed.

She says, ‘I know what it’s like to feel like you’re not pretty enough.’   

Faith, family, and food are sources of strength for Velasquez.

Velasquez finds comfort in her Catholic faith, stating that having God with her always is very special.

She is the oldest of three children and has a close relationship with her large Mexican-American family, including her parents, sister, and brother.

She explains that her culture has played a significant role in shaping her identity.

Her family makes essential decisions and protects her, particularly when people stare or comment. They do not view her as different but rather as just Lizzie.

She is a proud Texan who enjoys entertaining and recently purchased her first home in Austin near her parents’ house. She enjoys hosting family parties and is learning to bake and cook. Her favorite dish to cook is cheese enchiladas.

Velasquez has been sharing her story for over a decade. After an interview she did as a teen was posted online under “World’s Ugliest Woman,” she was hurt, but not for long.

She is an author, motivational speaker, and popular YouTuber. She travels the country to talk about having a positive attitude. Her TED Talk has over 13 million views.

She wants people to know they are enough to be who they are. It is possible to reach a point in life where you fully accept yourself from the inside out.