Once Called “World’s Ugliest,” Texas Woman Plans Anti-Bullying Film

Lizzie Vasquez in a trailer from the anti-bullying documentary she hopes to make. (Lizzie Project photo)

AUSTIN (May 23, 2014) Lizzie Velasquez, 25, of Austin, who has a rare disease that makes it impossible for her to gain weight and who’s blind in one eye, is hoping to produce an anti-bullying documentary that tells her story.

When she was 17, Velasquez, who weighs just 58 pounds, found a video on YouTube made by an online bully that called her “The Ugliest Woman in the World.”

The video attracted a number of cruel comments including one that said she should “do everyone a favor and just kill herself,” her website says.

Eight years later, she’s a graduate of Texas State University, a sought-after speaker and the author of two books with plans to publish a third this fall.

Now she’s raising money for a documentary that tells her story in hopes of spreading the message that it’s possible to overcome anything and everything.

She’s raising funds for the documentary, which is tentatively titled “The Lizzie Project,” through a Kickstarter campaign that ends on May 31.

Her goal is to raise $180,000.

As of Friday, more than 2,000 supporters had pledged more than $127,000.