Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Woman of the Week - Lizzie Velásquez

Lizzie Velásquez is a motivational speaker and author. Her books and speeches focus on inner beauty. Velásquez is believed to have a rare disorder called Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome, which prevents her from storing fat. She has to eat every fifteen minutes, and she needs to consume between 5,000 and 8,000 calories every day. Velásquez weighs only 58 pounds.

I came across Lizzie Velásquez's story on the CNN website. She appeared on a talk show to discuss inner beauty. People tend to stare at her because her medical condition leaves her looking a little different than an average person. She is unable to gain weight, and she is just skin and bones. But she doesn't let that keep her down. She has published two books about inner beauty. Her first book, Lizzie Beautiful, The Lizzie Velásquez Story, was published in July of 2010. Her second book, Be Beautiful, Be You, was just published in March of 2012.

I am going to buy both of her books. There isn't enough media coverage of stories about inner beauty. I just watched a commercial that featured two Playboy models feeding each other hamburgers. What the hell? Why are people sexualizing hamburgers? That's just gross! The media needs more people like Lizzie Velásquez, and fewer burger-chomping-sex-objects.

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