Życie Lizzie Velasquez to nieustanna walka - z chorobą, z ludzką bezwzględnością, nienawiścią otoczenia i lękiem przed odmiennością, z własnymi fobiami. Jej zmagania z brutalną rzeczywistością zostały udokumentowane w filmie Sary Bordo „A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”.
Film „A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” trafił do amerykańskich kin niespełna tydzień temu (25 września), a w dniu premiery Lizzie towarzyszyła m.in. Kylie Jenner, która trzy tygodnie wcześniej zamieściła niezwykle emocjonalny wpis na Instagramie:
#Day4 - I'm getting a little more personal... When Lizzie Velasquez (@LittleLizzieV) was 17 years old, someone posted a video of her on YouTube calling her the world's ugliest woman. "By the time I saw the video, it had 4 million views." Now 26 years old, Lizzie's condition was diagnosed last summer. Lizzie suffers from a rare congenital disease that less than 10 people in the world are known to have. The disease impedes her from accumulating body fat; she literally has zero percent body fat and has never weighed more than 64 pounds, however though it is not terminal. Throughout her entire life, this condition has resulted in a lot of #bullying. It is so unacceptable to treat people like this. People are so quick to say horrible things about me everyday over and over and sometimes I can't take it. Even I at times get affected by it, I breakdown, I hide, I cry. It's resulted in a lot of anxiety for me that I've never had to deal with before ever. My every move has been documented for the whole world and its been a nightmare trying to find myself through all of this. And I've absolutely lost apart of myself. Lizzie, you are so strong and I admire you so so much. Lizzie has taken that negative energy and has turned it around by traveling around the world doing motivational speeches. When I asked her what the key messages were of her speeches, she told me that "Most importantly I try to convey that all you need to have is a brave heart to accomplish whatever you want to achieve. Let the negative build you up instead of knocking you down. You are enough no matter what; you were put on this earth for a reason" Soon you'll be able to see her story on the big screen in the documentary film @ABraveHeartFilm in theaters on September 25th. Check out Lizzie's Instagram @LittleLizzieV - she's taking a lifetime full of bullying to help teach the world #IAmMoreThan the names they call me. #ImWithLizzie and Lizzie taught me #IAmMoreThan who I think I am. For me, this is expected it comes with the territory. But Lizzie, you should of not had to go through that. Let's change this together. I love you Lizzie! I'll see you soon.
Po premierze Kylie wrzuciła oczywiście fotkę na Instagram:
Dopiero w ubiegłym roku okazało się, że Lizzie cierpi na niezwykle rzadką chorobę genetyczną, którą dotkniętych jest zaledwie 10 osób na świecie (udokumentowane przypadki). Pomimo spożywania kilkuset kilokalorii dziennie dziewczyna nie może przytyć i waży niecałe 30 kg, a kości jej twarzy uległy znacznym deformacjom.
Dzisiaj Lizzie Velasquez wiedzie w miarę normalne życie, jest trenerem personalnym i przyjaźni się z największymi gwiazdami show biznesu. Na podstawie jej biografii powstał dokument „A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” w reżyserii Sary Bordo.
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story Official Trailer:
It's the day we've been waiting for and working so hard for. OPENING WEEKEND has officially begun! There aren't enough words to express my gratitude for everyone who has supported us, laughed with us, and leant us a shoulder to cry on when things got stressful. It hasn't fully hit me yet but once we to get to our big showing tonight in New York the happy tears will be flowing! Send us photos or comments when you see the film! We are on cloud 9 being able to share our baby finally!! @abraveheartfilm