The Internet is both the best and the worst thing in the world, depending on how people use the power they have when they’re sitting behind a screen.
While all the information in the world is at your fingertips, so is the ability to hide behind a cloak of anonymity and shame complete strangers.
Earlier this year we introduced you to Lizzie Velsquez, who was on the receiving end of thatsituation and stumbled upon a YouTube video created by online bullies that dubbed her as the “World’s Ugliest Woman.”
A few years later, Velsquez did her first TED Talk which you can see below challenging beauty conventions as we know them.
Now, at age 27, she has dedicated the last decade of her life to spreading self love and acceptance through her YouTube channel, and motivational speaking engagements and books.
But when she saw that video, it redefined her life.
Velasquez couldn’t pull her teenage self from the comments section, and she read through them thousands of them until she had read every last one.
I was so desperate to find one person that was standing up for me, she said. And I never found it.
In that moment, she decided she wasnt going to let their negative comments be the definition of who she is exceptionally brave for anyone at any age.
Velsquez is diagnosed with Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome as well as Marfan syndrome, and is unable to gain or retain any weight and must eat every 20 minutes in order to survive.
But she’s used what some would see as a disability to help combat the very thing she faces every day Internet bullying, most recently in the form of a cruel meme.
She shared it with her 137,000 Facebook followers with a message:
That’s just one example, as Lord knows there are thousands of them out there, all putting cruel words on a picture of a person who is already fighting enough battles of their own.
Her post was shared more than 98,000 times, with hundreds of comments of support.
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