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How do YOU define yourself?

Bold and brave is the only way to describe Lizzie Velasquez. Born with a rare, rare syndrome (only she and another person today have it) that prevents any fat from building up in her body, she has unbounded confidence and courage. When she discovered an 8-second video online proclaiming her the ugliest woman in the world along with thousands of nasty, snarky messages she was understandably crushed–for a moment. She dug in and turned her anger and sorrow into a fierce, focused determination to define herself by her achievements, not her appearance. A college degree, four books and career as a motivational speaker are just the start. Her TED Austin Women talk is inspiring. Take a listen to Lizzie’s inspiring TEDx Austin Women talk, then ask: How do You define yourself?