Lizzie Velasquez’s video from her TED Talk is making its round on Facebook and Twitter, soliciting people from all around the world to question our standards of beauty and to take a step back to think about how we define ourselves.
Lizzie’s giving an inspiring and motivating talk, asking us not to let others define who we are. I think it is a great messages in times when beauty is defined by supermodels and magazine covers, success is defined by wealth, and fame is defined by the numbers of followers on Social Media. Lizzie has created her own definitions of beauty and happiness and is proving that no negativity and opinion of other’s can hold her down. She is living her own truth and uses negativity to reach new heights and to continuously improve herself. Here you can find a similar, yet older, video of her speaking at TED in Austin, entitled “I choose to be happy“: