Celeste Perry is 18. She finished Year 12 last year and after a hard year of studying, can do just about anything she wants with her life.
Right now the teenager from St Kilda is taking a gap year, but in a few weeks she’s going to start teaching an arts and crafts class.
Celeste also feels pretty good about herself at the moment. She’s happy with the person she’s growing into.
But when she found out this week a group of men she’d gone through high school with had spent their “boys’ night” scrolling through her Instagram with the sole purpose of laughing and making fun of her appearance, Celeste’s first instinct was to crawl up into a ball.
These men, she thought, were her friends. Some were just friends-of-friends, but others she had considered to be her close friends.
“After I first found out I felt pretty much sick to the stomach, I took a real hit to the self esteem and instantly started blaming myself for not being appealing or attractive enough to them,” she told Mamamia.