Once labeled "The World's Ugliest Woman" on a vicious YouTube video that went viral, Lizzie Velasquez has managed to turn extreme bullying into a positive stepping-stone and is now set to make a documentary movie about her journey.
The film will follow Velasquez's life having been severely bullied. Velasquez and her team started a Kick starter campaign to bring to life the movie in hope to help her mission to "help make the Internet a more positive place."
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was born with an extremely rare, unnamed syndrome, which prevents her from gaining weight. She is one of only three people in the entire world who possess it. Velasquez was also born sightless in her right eye. Her parents were told not to expect much physical or mental advancement from their daughter. From the start, the young girl was given no hope.
Now at the age of 25, and weighing only 58 pounds, Velasquez has achieved incredible accomplishments. She has produced three books; she is a popular motivational speaker (her TEDxAustinWomen talk has garnered over 9 million views to date) and is a graduate from Texas State University. Velasquez now has a bigger dream to accomplish and that is to broaden her reach by making a documentary film.
Velasquez' goal is to raise $180k on Kick Starter to fund the crew, lighting, sound, transportation, and many other aspects that are necessary to complete physical production and shooting of the movie over the course of 10 weeks.
When Velasquez discovered the YouTube video at age 17 calling her "The Ugliest Woman in the World," and read the cruel comments for her to "just kill herself," she leaned on her Christian faith, her family support, and has turned bullying and heart ache into an inspiring story that is touching the world.
View Velasquez Kick Starter video below and donate here: