Lizzie Velasquez is an American non-fiction author. Lizzie Velasquez is also a motivational speaker, activist, author and YouTuber. She became very famous for being one of only a handful of people in the world to suffer from Marfanoid Progeroid Lipodystrophy Syndrome, which results in an inability to accumulate body fat.
Birth Facts and Education
Lizzie Velasquez was born on March 13, 1989 in Austin, Texas, United States. she is 32 years old and is under the zodiac sign Pisces. She is an American citizen and her full name is Elizabeth Anne Velásquez.
Her father’s name is Guadalupe Velásquez and her mother’s name is Rita Velásquez. She has a sister and a brother and their names are Marina Velásquez and Chris Velásquez respectively.
Regarding Lizzie’s educational background and qualifications, she attended Texas State University until late 2012, majoring in Communication Studies. She is also Roman Catholic and a devout Catholic with unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. She also has a very deep love of animals and adores her two dogs, Ollie and Olivia.
She was also born four weeks premature, weighed less than 2 pounds 11 ounces and was quite weak at birth. Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare congenital disorder, Marfanoid Progeroid Lipodystrophy Syndrome, caused by mutations in the FBN1 gene. This disease is characterized by a range of symptoms, including a weakened immune system and an inability to gain weight.
She also suffers from visual impairment. As a young girl, she faced rampant bullying due to her medical conditions, which made her look different from others her age. But she has a very loving family and friends and with their help she was able to grow into a confident young woman.
career and working life
Lizzie Velasquez was constantly bullied for her looks during her school days. And when she was just 17, she came across a video on YouTube that included an unauthorized photo of her with the caption, “The ugliest woman alive.” This happened in 2006.
After watching the video, her confidence collapsed and she couldn’t stop crying for a very long time. However, this was the incident that inspired Lizzie to become a motivational speaker.
Likewise, in February 2008, Lizzie created her self-titled YouTube channel. She began sharing videos that promoted the anti-bullying message. After some time, her Youtube videos became very popular and she was able to get encouraging comments from viewers. Viewers also shared their own stories of being bullied by her. After that, Lizzie decided to become a motivational speaker.
More about careers
In order to realize her dream, she also attended Texas State University and majored in communications. Being a victim of cyberbullying herself, she was able to easily connect with the other bullying victims.
She was soon able to establish herself as a much sought-after motivational speaker. In January of 2014, she was able to do a TEDxAustinWomen Talk entitled “How Do YOU Define Yourself” which went viral and made her famous around the world.
In addition, Lizzie has agreed to serve as Executive Producer on the documentary, A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story. This documentary followed her life’s journey from a victim of bullying to an anti-bullying crusader. The critically acclaimed film qualified for the Academy in 2015 in the US.
She is also an author with books such as Lizzie Beautiful: The Lizzie Velásquez Story, Be Beautiful, Be You, Choosing Happiness and Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World.
Lizzie Velasquez is currently not in a relationship and is more focused on her career and life than a relationship. Maybe she kept her personal life private too.
Lizzie Velasquez has one height 5ft 2in and her weight is 29kg, but her other body measurements are not yet available. In addition, Velasquez has brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Social Media and Wealth
Lizzie Velasquez is quite active on all of her social accounts. She has amassed 734,000 followers Instagram and 90.9K followers on Twitter. Likewise, she has amassed 1.2 million followers on Facebook and 859,000 subscribers on Youtube.
According to celebsaga, Lizzie a net worth of $500,000, but their main source of income is unknown. She definitely earns as a motivational speaker and author.