So the other day I came across Bill Rancic's instagram page, well I mean I do follow it, and he had posted a picture with Lizzie Velasquez. I recognized her name but couldn't remember from where - obviously I turned google to help. When I googled her, I found that she is now a motivational speaker, and clearly quite a popular one, I also remembered why I recognized her name - she was dubbed the "Ugliest Girl in the World."
This got me thinking, who are "we" to decide someone's beauty? Especially in a negative since and for someone who clearly looks like that for a reason - she has a rare condition that causes her to age prematurely and not gain any weight (and by rare I mean that she is 1 of 3 people who has this disease).
It is just so inspiring to me that she has not only overcome those bullies and all of those public stares BUT that her job right now is to get up in front of a crowd of people and speak out about her experience. I'm sure that it isn't easy for her to do that and if she just stayed home her name probably wouldn't auto-populate into google (yes, it even comes up before Lizzie McGuire) and open her up to more positivity and negativity.
She is such an inspiration to me and I want to try to think about her the next time I look in the mirror and inwardly complain or when I let myself get down about something negative someone said about me. She is truly one of the most beautiful people in the world, sometimes beauty just shines from within.