Thursday, April 3, 2014

Be Beautiful, Be You


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.  


20 comments:

  1. I saw that video you mention and she is such a charismatic person, we should really consider the damage of judging others like we do (me included).

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  2. Such a great post. That is a beautiful quote from a beautiful person, no matter what other people say. I hate that society judges what's pretty and what isn't. It's not our place to determine that, everyone is beautiful in some way and even the "prettiest" girl isn't so pretty if she has an ugly personality.

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  3. I think the real beauty always shines from within as long as we are happy to look for it. I also feel that some of the people who are visually beautiful can be pretty unattractive when you get to spend time and learn more about them. I do series of interviews about Pure beauty once in a while hoping to spread this message around and inspire the girls who read the blog. :)
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  4. She really is an inspirational person - I watched her "TED" talk and was laughing, crying and thinking what a strong and wonderful woman!! Thanks for this!!

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  6. I love this quote Abby! As women, it is especially hard to remember that sometimes, and it is great to have a reminder :)

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  7. That was such a sad story when I read someone was proclaimed "the ugliest person." How horrible humans can be. My bother has Down Syndrome so sometimes people underestimate what he can do because he looks different. EVERYONE is beautiful, everyone has value!

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  8. I love listening to her speeches! She is an inspiration! xo

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  9. She is awesome! Thanks for posting this reminder, I wish more people would have this mindset.

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  10. I love this quote and totally agree with it, no one else should determine what our own beauty looks like.

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  11. Lovely post and great quote. Lets be always positive :-)
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  16. it's so inspiring... thank you!
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