In December 2013, she inspired millions with her TED Talk. Now Lizzie Velasquez, once called ‘the world’s ugliest woman,’ hopes to reach an even-wider audience through an anti-bullying documentary about her story.
‘I know what it is to be bullied and what is to be bullied online, and I want to be the protector of those who think it won’t get better,’ said Velasquez, 25, who has a rare disease that makes it impossible for her to gain weight. She has never weighed more than 64 pounds and is blind in one eye.
‘The idea is that they see the documentary and realize that, yes, it is possible to overcome everything,’ she told The Associated Press during an interview in a coffee shop in Austin, Texas.
She’s raising money for the film, tentatively titled The Lizzie Project, through a Kickstarter campaign that has already collected more than $123,000 in donations. The campaign, whose trailer can be seen at TheLizzieProject.com, ends May 31. The goal is to raise $180,000.