The world can be a hard place for any person that is unique. Instead of showering people with love for being their own unique person, many can be on the opposite side of nice. This always shows more about the person being acting ugly than the person receiving their actions. Rilee is a young girl that was born with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.
Rilee is refusing to let her dwarfism hold her back from anything in life, she is just going to shake it off.
Rilee was born with Achondroplasia, which is “… a disorder of bone growth that prevents the changing of cartilage (particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs) to bone. It is characterized by dwarfism, limited range of motion at the elbows, large head size (macrocephaly), small fingers, and normal intelligence.”
One activity that Rilee has loved to do from a young age is dance.
Rilee’s mother, Angela, helped Rilee create a YouTube Channel, Smiles From Rilee, where most videos are of Rilee dancing. Rilee wanted to create a YouTube dance video to help promote the awareness of dwarfism, so she chose a song with a great message, Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.”
Taylor Swift and Rilee are letting the world know that the haters are gonna hate and the fakers are gonna fake, but they are just going to shake it off.
Angela, Rilee’s mother, wants the world to know about Rilee’s love and strength. In a Facebook post about Rilee’s experiences she speaks about the many times Rilee has been put in situations of judgement by other children and parents because of her Achondroplasia. Angela wants everyone to know the Rilee she knows and loves.
“I am so thankful to God that I am blessed to be her mom. She doesn’t let her size hold her back from anything. I hope she never does! She is strong, kindhearted, talented, smart, beautiful, and so much more! To know her, is to love her. She Is perfect!! My hope for her, is that this world will see her ability to all things in life. I want her to be respected by all people, regardless of her size. She might be small, but her size is insignificant to what she is capable of in life,” Angela wrote on her Facebook post.
Rilee is having a great time dancing it out to Taylor Swift and her happiness is contagious.
Rilee can whip her hair back and forth like a true diva and it is great. Rilee also has the perfect amount of sass that is needed for the fun tune. When Taylor Swift start talking in the song, Rilee gives the best eye rolls at the exact moments they are needed. It does not matter what any person is going through, a dance break will always help shake off any negative emotions and just have fun.
Rilee danced to help raise awareness about dwarfism. So, after you watch her adorable dance take a moment to go to Little People of America‘s website and learn more. A great place to start on the website is their FAQ page. This helps answer basic questions anyone might have. Rilee did not only ask people to learn more, she had one more request too.
Rilee is asking everyone to dance it out themselves, so find your perfect dance song and shake it off.
Watch the inspiring Rilee shake it off right below. She’s got quite the moves!
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