Lizzie Velásquez Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Lizzie Velásquez Quick Info
Height5 ft 2 in
Weight29 kg
Date of BirthMarch 13, 1989
Zodiac SignPisces
Eye ColorDark Brown

Lizzie Velásquez is an American motivational speaker, activist, author, and YouTuber who had faced extreme bullying as a child due to her abnormal facial and bodily structure. This was caused by the fact that she was born with Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome, an incredibly rare non-terminal genetic disorder that prevents a person from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. This unfortunate bullying had continued into her teenage years and after she was labeled as the ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ in a 2006 YouTube video, she had decided to take up motivational speaking as a career and thus, wage a crusade against cyber-bullying. In 2010, she had self-published her autobiography, co-authored with her mother, titled Lizzie Beautiful: The Lizzie Velásquez Story. It was released in both English and Spanish.

Born Name

Elizabeth Anne Velásquez

Nick Name

Lizzie

Lizzie Velásquez as seen in an Instagram Post in March 2021
Lizzie Velásquez as seen in an Instagram Post in March 2021 (Lizzie Velásquez / Instagram)

Sun Sign

Pisces

Born Place

Austin, Texas, United States

Residence

Austin, Texas, United States

Nationality

American

 

Education

Lizzie, after her high school graduation, had attended the Texas State University, a public research university in San Marcos, Texas. She had studied there until late 2012, majoring in communication studies.

Occupation

Motivational Speaker, Activist, Author, YouTuber

Lizzie Velásquez in an Instagram selfie from July 2020
Lizzie Velásquez in an Instagram selfie from July 2020 (Lizzie Velásquez / Instagram)

Family

  • Father – Guadalupe Fonsi Velásquez
  • Mother – Rita Borja Velásquez
  • Siblings – Marina Velásquez (Younger Sister), Chris Velásquez (Younger Brother)

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm

Weight

29 kg or 64 lbs

Race / Ethnicity

Hispanic

She is of Mexican descent.

Lizzie Velásquez as seen in an Instagram Post in December 2020
Lizzie Velásquez as seen in an Instagram Post in December 2020 (Lizzie Velásquez / Instagram)

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Petite frame
  • Center-parted, long, straight hair
  • Cheerful smile

Religion

Christianity (Roman Catholicism)

Lizzie Velásquez as seen in an Instagram Post in August 2019
Lizzie Velásquez as seen in an Instagram Post in August 2019 (Lizzie Velásquez / Instagram)

Lizzie Velásquez Facts

  1. At the time of her birth, Lizzie had weighed an abnormally low 2 pounds 11 ounces (1,219 grams). She was born 4 weeks prematurely and doctors had been befuddled by the situation. As time passed by, it became clear that she could not gain much weight and throughout her life, was never weighed at more than 29 kg (64 lbs), with almost 0% body fat.
  2. This meant that she had needed to consume many small meals and snacks every day just to maintain her body weight. Her daily intake of calories would range between 5,000 and 8,000 which was much, much higher than that of an average female of a similar age. The disorder that she was suffering from and its side effects had eventually left her blind in the right eye and vision-impaired in the left eye.
  3. In January 2014, she had delivered a lecture at TEDxAustinWomen entitled ‘How Do YOU Define Yourself’. In 2015, as part of the ‘National Bullying Prevention Month’, she had hosted a social media challenge for the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution‘s ‘Month of Action’.
  4. In 2015, it was discovered that Lizzie and another woman by the name of Abby Solomon, who was suffering from a less severe variation of the same disorder, had mutations in their FBN1 gene. This mutation had resulted in asprosin (a protein hormone) deficiency which was understood to be the chief cause of the disorder.
  5. In March that year, a documentary film based on her life was aired. It was titled A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story.
  6. Other than her autobiography, she has also written 2 children’s books – Be Beautiful, Be You (2012), and Choosing Happiness (2014). In 2017, she had authored another book titled Dare to be Kind.

Featured Image by Lizzie Velásquez / Instagram

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