Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Being Labeled ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Changed Her Life In Surprising Ways.

Lizzie Velásquez was born with neonatal progeroid syndrome, a rare genetic disease affecting her heart, bones, and eyes. It also prevents her from gaining weight. Velásquez was born on March 13, 1989 in Austin, Texas.

She said she was constantly bullied growing up because of the way she looks. She admits her Roman Catholic upbringing has helped her stay strong and positive. "It's been my rock through everything, just having the time to be alone and pray and talk to God and know that He's there for me," she says.

She says her parents treated her with love throughout her upbringing.

Lizzie didn't know she was different till she got to kindergarten.

She says her parents treated her with love throughout her upbringing.

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The kids didn't want to sit near her and pointed at her.

When she told her parents what was happening in school, they assured her she was worthy. "There is nothing wrong with you, you are just smaller than the other kids. You are beautiful and smart and can accomplish anything," Lizzie says they told her.

The kids didn't want to sit near her and pointed at her.

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Doctors told her parents they may have to care for her the rest of her life.

"They loved me in the face of so many unknowns," Lizzie says.

Doctors told her parents they may have to care for her the rest of her life.

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Despite her parents love, Lizzie admits it was still hard to accept her condition.

"I wanted to look like everyone else and blend in, and I couldn’t find a way to make that happen," she says. "I couldn’t blame the doctors or my parents, so I blamed myself."

Despite her parents love, Lizzie admits it was still hard to accept her condition.

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By high school, things turned around for her.

She was a writer for the school newspaper and photographer for the yearbook. She also joined the cheerleading team, wearing the uniform with pride.

By high school, things turned around for her.

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