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World's 'Ugliest Woman' Pursues Anti-Bullying Film

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    FILE - This July 1, 2013 file photo shows author and motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez at the Friend Movement Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Velasquez, who possesses a rare and unknown syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, is raising funds on Kickstarter through June 1, 2014, for an anti-bulling documentary, titled, "The Lizzie Project." (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

    In December she inspired millions with her TED Talk.

    Now 25-year-old Lizzie Velasquez, once called "the world's ugliest woman," hopes to reach an even-wider audience through an anti-bullying documentary about her story.

    Velasquez has a rare disease that makes it impossible for her to gain weight. The Austin native has never weighed more than 64 pounds and is blind in one eye.

    She told The Associated Press, during a recent interview at a coffee shop in Austin, that the idea is for people to see the documentary and realize -- yes, it is possible to overcome everything.

    She's raising money for the film, tentatively titled "The Lizzie Project," through a Kickstarter campaign that ends May 31.

    The trailer can be seen online.