It's that time of year, when I remember the jobs I worked on. And the people, the moments that touched me the most. I was fortunate to meet and work with Lizzie Velasquez for a editorial spread for People Magazine this year. I was familiar with Lizzie's story but naively walked into working on such an important campaign, (and wished I was better versed with her story). She suffers from a rare congenital disease which, among other symptoms, doesn't allow her body to accumulate fat. She was inspired by bullying to become a motivational speaker. Even from posts on instagram, facebook and twitter showcasing her story and her beautiful soul, she fights daily. A fight that I have, like many others dealt with in life. But she is making such a huge impact on the world, with others in various global campaigns to fight anti-bullying. I am so lucky to have met her, worked with her, and continue to help spread her infectious love. From the bullying she encountered as a child, to late teens. Her words to these bullies is simply to love them. It's so easy to lash back at the world, at people for making you feel lesser than. Especially seen online. When people like to act differently than normal, or have other identities to do so.
Lizzie's strength was so eye-opening. While we were taking photos, strangers would come up to her crying, thanking her for helping them, their children and the for helping make our world a better place. She also has a documentary out called "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story. It was absolutely amazing. More people need to see this documentary. More people need to love each other. Myself included! I falter, I fight negative thinking every day. I know the rest of the world is as well. It's just weather people want to realize it or not.
Be sure to check out her Video Blog Page here Lizzie Velasquez.
Jessi Pagel is a makeup and hair artist working in commercial, lifestyle, corporate, editorial, tv and live events. This blog has everything from how-to's to the adventures of her life and works in progress.