Mocked cruelly by millions for ‘looking different,’ Texas woman fights bullying

March 16, 2015 8:54 PM

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Mocked cruelly by millions for ‘looking different,’ Texas woman fights bullying

A 26-year-old Texan, Lizzie Velasquez stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall. She weighs a little more than 60 pounds. That's because she suffers from a rare syndrome that keeps her from gaining weight. Throughout her life, her condition has made her a target for bullies, who once dubbed her the "world's ugliest woman" on social media. But over the years, she said, she has used others' negativity to "light my fire to keep me going."

Velasquez shared her story in a documentary called "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," which premiered on Saturday at the South by Southwest music and film festival in Austin.

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