A 15-year-old ballerina has captured hearts all over social media.
Lizzy Howell shared a video of her performing a spin around a month ago on Instagram:
It blew up online, though, once Twitter user @sailorfemme posted it on January 15:
The video has amassed over 140,000 views. Howell spoke to the Daily Mail about the video and her talent. She has been dancing for 10 years and trains 4 times a week.
"My video has been shared all over the world, which is a big thing for someone where I live," she said. She says that she likes being an inspiration to others, but not those implying that plus-sized people cannot dance.
Check out photos from Howell's Instagram
She also spoke to Buzzfeed News about the video, which earned her 40,000 additional followers on her Instagram. She asked, "If I can do everything that anyone else can, why should I be in a separate category?"
While she's received some cruel comments from the video, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Due to the visibility of the video, Howell is now a spokesman for Dancing for You, an awareness campaign for dancers with disabilities:
She told the Daily Mail, "You will have to work twice as hard for everything that everyone else gets, but it will be worth it in the long run to prove the "haters" wrong...Do what you love and don't let any one stop you."