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'A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story'




Story art for the new film, A Brave Heart: the Lizzie Velasquez Story.
Story art for the new film, A Brave Heart: the Lizzie Velasquez Story.
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Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare genetic disorder that prevents her from building or storing fat, which has cause a whole host of physical problems.

Velasquez's condition, named Velasquez's syndrome because of it rarity, has made her body rail thin. She weighs less than 65 pounds, her skin sags and she's blind in one eye. 

Despite that, she is a enthusiastic and warm person loved by her friends and family. But while in her teens, she stumbled upon a Youtube video of herself. The title was the "world’s ugliest woman."

But she turned that incident into a calling: fighting against cyber bullying. Speaking before Congress, appearing on television and talking in front of a live audience at a TEDx talk in Austin, Texas.

Her life and struggles against bullying are the subject of a new documentary film titled, "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story."

She sat down with host Alex Cohen recently to talk about the movie, and her effort to combat cyber-bullying.