Back in 2014 we shared a moving and inspiring TedX talk from Lizzie Velasquez, the young woman who was once called the “ugliest woman in the world.” Now, Lizzie’s story is being told in the new documentary film A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.
Lizzie was born with a syndrome that only three people in the world are known to have, she was bullied in school by her classmates for looking different and online as a teenager when she discovered the video that labeled her the “ugliest woman in the world.”
“Lizzie’s story proves that there is life on the other side of bullying and that self-worth and compassion are essential along the way. Her wildly resilient spirit and unwavering strength are at the forefront of Lizzie’s journey to inspire others in a movement to make the online environment a more positive place,” says Sara Hirsh Bordo, the film’s director and producer, who was also the producer of Lizzie’s TedXAustinWomen talk.
“I am a firm believer that one person can help make a difference.” – Lizzie
With the launch of the film, Lizzie is also asking people to take a stand against bullying by supporting the first federal bill on bullying with the potential to reach the floor for a Congressional vote. If passed, this bill will ensure that schools prohibit bullying and harassment, and would require them to record and report instances of bullying in annual school reports.
Lizzie says, “I am a firm believer that one person can help make a difference.” And she certainly is! It’s her positive attitude, not her syndrome, that’s contagious.