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I published this post in 2015 when the documentary about Lizzie Velasquez, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, was released in theaters. I’m updating it and republishing it today because Lizzie needs our help. Please read Lizzie’s story and below it to see the disturbing new trend that needs to be stopped.
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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Lizzie Velasquez Needs Our Help to Stop This Disturbing New Trend on Social Media
— Lizzie Velasquez (@littlelizziev) August 9, 2020
You can read more in this HuffPost article: “Lizzie Velasquez Pleads For End To Cruel ‘FaceTime Prank’ On TikTok.”
A Brave Heart
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is available to rent or buy. The film’s online description says: “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story follows the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.
A Brave Heart is a rare film that was liked by 93% of the critics and 92% of the audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.
“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story Official Trailer 1” (2015) – Documentary HD
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“How Do YOU Define Yourself” Lizzie Velasquez at TEDxAustinWomen
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