Lizzie Velasquez’s SXSW Anti-Bullying Film Should Be Required Viewing

Born with a syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, 26-year-old Lizzie Velasquez endured painful bullying as a child over her unique appearance. When she was a teenager, she discovered that someone on YouTube had senselessly called her “the world’s ugliest woman.” This set Lizzie on a determined path to see people treat one another with more kindness, and a wildly successful TEDx talk gave her the momentum to speak out nationally against bullying. The new documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” follows Lizzie as she gives motivational speeches, lobbies for anti-bullying legislation, writes books, and changes lives everywhere she goes. The film premiered at SXSW over the weekend, and with any luck, it will be available for the rest of us to view sometime soon – the world needs it! In the meantime, take a look at Lizzie’s TEDx talk and get excited!

“My life is in my hands. I can choose to make this really good.”