Bullied 'Star Wars' fan finds support from famous face

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When Layla Murphy discovered her father's old "Star Wars" toys as a young child, she was completely obsessed. But, to her dismay, this little 8-year-old fan from Norfolk, VA began getting bullied for her love of "Star Wars," with other kids saying it was "only for boys."

Murphy's mother told CNN, "she started asking not to wear her shirts or R2-D2 jacket...she asked if she was turning into a boy."

Lucky for Layla, she caught the attention of the 501st Legion, an international volunteer organization of "Star Wars" fans. The 501st Legion dress up as "Star Wars" villains to attend charity events. One of the legion's members got word of Murphy's troubles, and wanted to help out.

The 501st Legion gifted Layla her very own Stormtrooper costume, and a chance to meet one of her idols. Famous "Star Wars" fanatic and performer "Weird Al Yankovic" let Layla know it was okay to like "Star Wars"...in fact, it's pretty great.



With new found confidence, Layla now wears her costume proudly. The 501st Legion posted to their Facebook page, saying:



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From Princess Leia's bikini to Queen Amidala's wedding dress, the creators of a new traveling Star Wars exhibit are hoping to gather geeks, fashionistas and movie fans together to see the costumes that helped bring iconic characters to life. (Feb. 2)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Costume designer Aggie Rodgers and Laela French of Lucasfilm pose at 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume opening exhibit at EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Actor Anthony Daniels interacts with fans at 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume opening exhibit at EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans get their tickets and enter the building at the opening night of 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume exhibit at the EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: A fan poses for a photo at the opening night of 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume exhibit at the EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans pose for photos at 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume opening exhibit at EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans pose for photos at 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume opening exhibit at EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Lightsaber duels commence at 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume opening exhibit at EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans gaze in awe at 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume opening exhibit at EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: The original costume of Chewbacca on display at the opening night of 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume exhibit at the EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans marvel at costumes at the opening night of 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume exhibit at the EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans pose for a photo at the opening night of 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume exhibit at the EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans pose for a photo at the opening night of 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume exhibit at the EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Fans show off their costumes at 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume opening exhibit at EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 30: Original costumes from the movies of 'Star Wars' on display at the opening night of 'Star Wars' and the Power of Costume exhibit at the EMP Museum at Seattle Center on January 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images)
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