Meet adorable five-year-old Rilee. She is dancing to Taylor Swift’s popular hit single “Shake It Off” so that she can help in sharing awareness for Dwarfism Awareness Month. Rilee might be small, but that does not define her as a person, and it definitely does not define how beautiful her personality is.
Rilee was diagnosed with Achondroplasia. Dwarfism results from a genetic or medical condition which limits a person to a short stature. Dwarfism is generally defined when an adult has a height of less than 4 feet 10 inches (147cm). The symptoms and the characteristics of individuals with dwarfism can differ greatly. As human beings, we are all different and we should embrace our individuality just like Rilee.
If this spirited little girl isn’t the cutest thing I have ever seen, then I don’t know what is. She sends an amazing message through her dance and her choice of songs to all children out there who are seen as different or who have suffered as a result of others seeing only their differences.
Rilee’s message needs to be heard loud and clear and she makes herself heard in this great video of herself dancing to “Shake It Off” which is exactly what Rilee does when someone points out her dwarfism. Her dwarfism isn’t what makes Rilee different. Her strength and spirit are.
Watch Rilee’s dance in the following video and let with us what you thought about it in the discussion section!
After you watch this video, if you want to learn more about Rilee, she has shared more of her story here for you: