According to report, Miss Velasquez was diagnosed with a rear genetic disorder, Marfan syndrome that makes her blind in the right eye and vision-impaired in her left eye.
Her conditions resulted in bullying during her childhood and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking.
Ever since she was dubbed the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in a video posted on YouTube in 2006, when she was 17.
Velásquez has spoken out against bullying. In January 2014 she gave a TEDxAustinWomen Talk titled “How Do YOU Define Yourself” and her YouTube videos have received over 54 million views.
She is a graduate of Texas State University.