The Lizzie Velasquez story breaks my heart … and makes it sing at the same time. I’m horrified at the way Lizzie was bullied. And I’m thankful that she was brave enough to overcome it. Her story is the focus of a new documentary opening at theaters today: A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.
The Lizzie Velasquez Story
26-year-old Lizzie Velasquez has always had a rare disorder that won’t allow her to gain weight. After being bullied in school, she was bullied even worse online. As a teenager, she discovered a YouTube video calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman” along with hundreds of hateful comments.
Lizzie Velasquez fought back through forgiveness and courage, advocating acceptance. She’s now a motivational speaker and author. She has a hugely popular YouTube channel. She’s an advocate for national anti-bullying campaigns.
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A Brave Heart
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story opens today at theaters, on demand, and on digital HD. The film’s tagline is, appropriately, “Bullying stories are famous for having victims, not heroes.”
A Brave Heart is a rare film that was liked by 90% of the critics and 100% of the audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.
“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story Official Trailer 1” (2015) – Documentary HD
How Do YOU Define Yourself?
Don’t miss this TEDx Talk by Lizzie Velasquez!
“How Do YOU Define Yourself” Lizzie Velasquez at TEDxAustinWomen
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