Kylie Jenner has made no secret of the fact that she’s experienced bullying since a young age.
And she’s also spoken out a number of times about the negative comments she receives on her Instagram snaps.
So it wasn’t really a surprise to see that the 18-year-old star has decided to use her celebrity status to raise awareness of online bullying, and to inspire others who may be battling the very same issue.
Hats off to you, KJ.
Taking to Instagram to announce her movement, Kylie said: “I am so excited to launch my new @Instagram campaign #IAmMoreThan. For the next six days, I will be sharing stories of 6 incredible people who have become heroes in their own way by taking #bullying and turning it into something positive.”
Going one step further, the reality star revealed that she’s spent time with each of the individuals to gain an insight into their stories. She went on: “I’ve gotten to talk and bond with all of these people whose stories you will see on my page. I think you will all fall in love with them just like I did. I want to encourage you, my fans, to share something positive about yourselves.”
The newly blonde social media star also encouraged her 34.5 million followers to get involved and leave their comments, hoping to inspire everyone to join forces in their support and positivity. She finished: “I’ll be reading as much as I can so that some of you can be apart of this as well! Let’s do this ❤️ #IAmMoreThan #StopBullying.”
Now she’s gone into more depth about her own experiences with bullying.
On Saturday, the teen posted an image of 26-year-old Lizzie Velasquez, who suffers from a rare congenital disease that impedes her from accumulating body fat.
Horrifically, Lizzie was once labelled ‘the world’s ugliest woman’. Her story led Kylie to speak about the cruel comments she’s received herself over the years.
She wrote on Instagram: “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.”
Kylie has already shared a number of stories. Her first post was about Renee DuShane, a 21 year old college student who was born with Pfieffer Syndrome.
In a post to Kylie’s Instagram page, Renee’s story is told: “Renee described it as ‘a genetic disorder where the bones in my face don’t really know how to fuse correctly so part of my jaw is really small. I had to have surgery when I was born so that my brain could grow.’
“Renee is so strong willed and a super intelligent girl who told me that while growing up she never had many issues with bullying. ‘I went to school with all the same kids all the way through high school. Right around senior year, I started getting very anxious about having to explain my condition to all of the new people I would meet in college. I started going on Tumblr and saw lots of profiles of positive, confident people’ that inspired her to start sharing her photos even with her insecurities. ‘It’s so hard to keep myself from responding to the negative comments,’ she told me. ‘Even harder is keeping my friends from getting angry.’
“Renee also told me about the tattoo she recently got of her life motto: Stay Strong, Always Love. ‘Loving is always going to be a better place than hating,’ she shared.”
Kylie’s closing statement read: “Check out Renee’s Instagram @ALittlePieceofInsane – she’s showing the world #IAmMoreThan my forehead. I love you Renee! She is so awesome & inspiring. Renee taught ME that #IAmMoreThan the negative comments that I read.”
As if we needed another reason to love Kylie Jenner, eh?
By Laura Jane Turner