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World’s ‘ugliest woman’ proves her true beauty

Valasquez was born with a medical condition which causes her to have a hyperactive metabolism, leaving her unable to gain weight

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Despite being labeled ‘the world’s ugliest woman’ by Internet users, Lizzie Valasquez chose to use those taunts to achieve her goals, according to the British Daily News website, The Telegraph.

During her TEDx talk, Valasquez described how she discovered a Youtube video of herself dubbed "world's ugliest woman," and how she turned the cruel comments about her appearance into motivation for her future.

"Am I going to let the people who called me a monster define me? No. I'm going to let my goals and my success and my accomplishments be the things that define me,” Valasquez said.

"The best way that I could get back at all those people who made fun of me…was to make myself better," she said.

"I'm going to let my goals and my success and my accomplishments define me, not my outer appearance," she added.

The Texas native said she received “INCREDIBLE messages of support and love,” following her speech.

"This morning when I woke up, my phone, email, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook were about to explode with love!!” she wrote.

Valasquez was born with a medical condition which causes her to have a hyperactive metabolism, leaving her 64 pound (27 kilograms) frame unable to gain weight. The condition also left her blind in one eye.

The rare medical condition only affects two other people in the world.