She’s proof beauty really is only skin deep. Hats off to Lizzie Velasquez. This girl truly rocks.
Lizzie Velasquez has known the torment of being mocked by bullies from around the world.
As a 17-year-old surfing the web, she came across a video of herself on YouTube that described her as the ‘world’s ugliest woman’.
The devastated teenager spent days shutting herself from the world behind a wall of tears, thinking her life was over.
But now 26, the inspirational woman has hit back at the trolls with an anti-bullying documentary about her life, describing her battle with a rare condition which stops her putting on weight.
‘A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story’ premiers at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, today.
The 78-minute film charts Lizzie’s inspiring path from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.
Featuring details of Lizzie’s emotional and physical journey through the years, it follows her progress as she attempts to lobby the US government for the first federal anti-bullying Bill.
She was born with Marfan syndrome and lipodystrophy, which is a problem with the way fat is distributed in the body.
At only 5ft 2ins tall, Lizzie only weighs 58lbs – just over four stone.
‘All we had known all my life was that I had a syndrome which meant that I couldn’t gain weight.
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