Lizzie Velasquez is making an anti-bullying film.
The woman suffers from a rare syndrome that makes it impossible for her to gain weight, she is blind in one eye, losing sight in the other one, and though only in her 20s, Lizzie’s skin has aged way beyond her years. When a video of her was uploaded to YouTube a few years ago, it went viral and all sorts of comments and reactions poured in. They were overwhelmingly nasty and negative. She was quickly dubbed as the"ugliest woman in the world."
Imagine what this lady must have felt when she read comments like, “Lizzie, please, please do the world a favour. Put a gun to your head and kill yourself.”
Did Lizzie run and hide in a corner? Did she refuse to show her face in public? Not this woman.
She went on to become an author of self-help books and a motivational speaker, who even gave a successful TED Talk. Her Facebook and Twitter profiles show how much of a success she is and how many people follow and look up to her.
Recently, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to fund The Lizzie Project, a documentary about bullying and overcoming the adverse impact it has on people’s psyche.
This woman has a mission: "I know what it is to be bullied and what is to be bullied online, and I want to be the protector of those who think it won't get better."
Lizzie has had tremendous help from project founder Sarah Bordo."Lizzie has a bigger dream to accomplish: to make the online community a more positive place than when she found it. Or, rather, when it found her," Sarah wrote.
She is indeed an example for us all. Born prematurely by four weeks, weighing a mere 2 pounds 11 ounces, she suffers from a rare condition (only two other people are known to have it) and has zero percent body fat. Lizzie has never weighed more than 64 pounds (29 kg). However, the way she goes on and is determined to change the way people react to things they don’t consider ‘normal’ is admirable.