We live in the age of the image, and one of the consequences of this is that people judge our world and the people around us by the first impression that our senses, especially sight, offer us.
And although almost all of us agree that true beauty is inside people, the sad reality is that no one wants to interact, at least at first, with individuals who are far away from the commonly accepted standards of those who are "beautiful".
This superficiality in the way we judge people is faithfully backed up by the millions of dollars a year produced by the beauty industry.
Also, in the way the dark side of the people manifests itself, in the cruel way they treat everyone who is physically different, especially by hiding in the anonymity that social networks offer.
But paradoxically, this cruelty gave notoriety, fame and a career as a motivational speaker to Elizabeth Ann Velásquez from Texas, born in 1989, who was considered "the ugliest woman on the Internet” in 2006.
It happens that "Lizzie" was born with a genetic defect, so rare that only 2 other people in the world suffer from it.
And although the doctors said she wouldn`t live more than a few weeks, her parents have fought for her life, making her get ahead.
Lizzie`s average condition makes her physical appearance seem unattractive to many people.
And some soulless people made a video in 2006, with images stolen from social networks, calling her "the ugliest woman in the world".
The mentioned video was deleted immediately. At first, Lizzie felt depressed, but soon decided to take advantage of this situation.
She opened a YouTube channel and started uploading her own videos.
This woman is now a celebrity in her own right, she works as a volunteer and gives talks promoting acceptance and good treatment to all people regardless of their physical appearance.
And even now Lizzie has a partner, although she hasn`t revealed his name.
Her parents, whose image hadn`t been shared in the networks until now, confess being very proud and feeling blessed to have Lizzie in their lives.
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