How Lizzie Velasquez Went From Bullying Victim to Anti-Bullying Crusader

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Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome that makes it almost impossible for her to gain weight. As a result, she has never weighed weighed more than 64 pounds in her entire life. She is also blind in her right eye, has limited vision in the other and suffers from a weak immune system.

Sadly, Lizzie has been the victim of bullying. When she was 17 years old, she was shocked when she found a video of herself on YouTube where she was referred to as "the world's ugliest woman." Even worse still were some of the comments, which Lizzie cried for days after she read.

Now, having triumphed over the haters and the name-calling, Lizzie has become a motivational speaker and an anti-bullying advocate. She also has her own YouTube channel, which she uses to spread her light and share bits and pieces of her life - which, has recently included the making of her documentary.

Last year, a group called Women Rising launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the documentary and it was met with an overwhelming amount of support. After exceeding the fundraising goal, the film was made and it just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival!

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velazquez Story chronicles Lizzie's journey and how she turned her experiences of being bullied into a powerful anti-bullying crusade.

We love everything about this project, but we especially love the tagline for the film, which reveals the sad truth, that "Bullying stories are famous for having victims, not heroes." Thank you Women Rising, and thank you Lizzie, for setting out to change that!

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