A documentary about Lizzie Velasquez, once labelled the “world’s ugliest woman”, is premiering today at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas.
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story explores the life of the 26-year-old, who has an incredibly rare syndrome that prevents her gaining weight.
It is so rare that only two other people in the world have it. She has never weighed more than 64 pounds (4st 8lbs) and is blind in one eye.
She was first bullied at school for looking different and then online as a teenager.
When Velasquez was 17, she came across a YouTube video labelling her “the world’s ugliest woman” that had been watched over four million times.
One of the comments said: “Do the world a favour and put a gun to your head.” Others called her a “monster”, told her parents to “kill it with fire” and said they should have aborted her.
But instead of causing Velasquez to shrink from public life, the video inspired her to start an anti-bullying campaign that led to the 2013 TED talk bringing her to international attention.
Footage of her inspiring speech now has almost 7.2 million views on YouTube and its success inspired the creation of the documentary.
Read more: independent.co.uk