Maybe we didn’t know Imogen Anthony as well as we thought. Known for her shocking hair, outrageous outfits and lively social media accounts, she’s surprised us once again by announcing she’ll be supporting the Reword campaign against cyber bullying. “There’s no such thing as freedom of speech if it is unwarranted hate and is at the detriment of someone else’s feelings. Be a human and think about it,” Imogen says.
So, why is she speaking out now, how hard is it managing your social media when you’re in the public eye – and why is she so passionate about cyber bullying?
“What a lot of you don’t know about me is that I was the subject of heavy bullying in primary school and again as late as high school. I bet a lot of you are saying “who wasn’t” right? Truth be known, bullying is as common as dirt.
I left school and moved on with my life, thinking that was finally behind me and was excited to work on becoming the person I wanted to be.
My confidence came back and I taught myself through life experiences how to stick up for myself. With that, I was able to help others. In the middle of my high school years, social media had just started with things like Bebo and MySpace. This is where it began for our generation. Nothing was filtered or monitored. A slight drama at school could lead to a tidal wave of social media hate and reckless, hateful comments. Many young people fell victim to this. Now, almost ten years later, we have things like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To a certain degree these are monitored, but to a certain degree they are not.
Contrary to popular belief, I found myself being in the public eye accidentally. I have been in a relationship with a well-known Australian celebrity [Kyle Sandilands] for five years now. At first I didn’t have social media due to my anxiety about being in the public eye.