On Tuesday, former Bachelorette Ali Oetjen was attacked by trolls for a photo she shared on Instagram.
After Ali posted two selfies with a freshly made-up face, the hate came thick and fast – with several Instagram users criticising the image for the way she edited it and labelled her “fake”.
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“Why does this picture look like a cartoon? You are already way more naturally beautiful than most people with out all this extreme photoshop crap. What you are actually doing is feeding a false reality and affecting young impressionable girls,” one said.
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But while other fans threw their support behind the reality star and wellness blogger, condemning the trolls for their hate-filled messages, the negative commentary stuck with Ali.
So much so, it prompted a second post – one where she looked raw, make-up free and teary-eyed.
“I started my workout at 5am this morning because I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep because online bullies comments hurt AND I disliked how so many comments on my recent post were right,” she wrote.
She went on to question her motives behind posting the image to begin with, touching on the pressures of social media and being in the public eye to appear “perfect”.
“I asked myself, why wasn’t my original photo good enough to share with the world?! At the time I thought, this photo of my face is not ‘pretty enough’. I have an image to uphold and must make it look flawless! Crap! It made me feel sh*t!! I don’t want to conform, I want to continue to inspire real women to love themselves for the bloody breathtaking beings that we are,” she passionately shared.
She continued: “I’m not confident 24/7, I’m vulnerable, fragile and sensitive… On my ‘good days’ my mindset stays strong that people’s comments are only a reflection of themselves. But on my bad days they HURT.”
She concluded with a message of empowerment: “[This is] a post to inspire women to know that we’re all good enough Just. The. Way. We. Are.”