Get a Box of Tissues Before You Read This Woman’s Brave Fight Against Bullying

This is Lizzie Velasquez…

And this is her amazing family.

You may have seen Velasquez in a viral Ted Talk about bullying and self-esteem.

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The video has garnered more than 8 million views since it was posted.

Velasquez was born with lipodystrophy and Marfan Syndrome.

Velasquez spent her childhood thinking she wasn’t any different from other kids.

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Her family always made it a point to treat her like any other family member and never discussed her condition as something that was different.

“At the time I thought that everyone looked like me. I couldn’t recognize or tell that they didn’t look like me,” Velasquez recalls.

That all changed when Velasquez was 17.

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One afternoon, while looking for music on YouTube, Velasquez came across a video titled The World’s Ugliest Woman, which showed her during an TV interview.

Strangers on the Internet were telling Velasquez to kill herself.

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But she didn’t let the hateful comments defeat her.

Velasquez decided to confront the bullying.

Velasquez has taken her fight all the way to Capitol Hill.

Filmmaker Sara Hirsch Bordo followed Velasquez and documented her story.

Check out the full trailer below (You’re going to need a box of tissues):

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