Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. When beauty and looks have traditionally been considered one of the cornerstones of what "makes" a woman, today we honor Lizzie Velásquez who proves everyday that positivity and optimism are better than any haircut.
The Austin, Texas native was born with a rare genetic disorder that leaves her unable to gain weight. The condition has seen her never weigh more than 64 pounds and go blind in her right eye. In the early harsher days of the Internet, Velásquez was deemed the "World's Ugliest Woman" in a YouTube video that was as sexist as it was offensive. Yet the clip and its numerous amount of terrible comments became the launching ground for Velásquez's unexpected, full-time career: motivational speaker.
A 2014 Ted Talk titled How Do You Define Yourself? launched her into the zeitgeist and instantly made her a face against bullying. She's since gone on to published an autobiography and two self-help books, all aimed at helping uplift and empower those who are struggling to see their true beauty. The biggest insight into her world came via her documentary, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story, which premiered in 2015 and made its network TV debut late last year. No doubt, her star will only continue to rise as she conquers bigger and great platforms, all while spreading her light and positivity.
And to be perfectly candid, Lizzie's hair and outfits are much more on point that most people know anyway. It's her beauty—both outward and inward—that will surely solidify Velásquez's place in the future of women's history.