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Olivia Rogers was about to go to bed on Tuesday night when she decided to quickly check her Instagram messages.
The 26-year-old former Miss Universe Australia was scrolling on her phone, sitting on the toilet, as you do, when she opened a message from someone she’d never met – the most disgusting, hurtful message she’d ever received.
“My jaw just dropped, I thought ‘what the hell, I can’t believe someone has written something so awful’. I was shocked,” the speech pathologist and artist told Mamamia.
“The DMs [messages on Instagram] are quite constant, the majority are really nice, people wanting tips about hair or recipes, but to come across this one, I was shocked.”
Among other things, the troll told Olivia that no one actually cares about her anymore, that she’s “wooden and fake”, that no one is buying her “anxiety bullshit” and that she was never going to win Miss Universe because she’s “too fat with no tits”.
After re-reading it to “try to process it”, Olivia showed her boyfriend, then decided to write back.
"My boyfriend said I shouldn't give the troll that, but I wanted to be diplomatic and let them know they can't just get away with that and speak like that, and be so awful and not be held accountable," she said.
"I always respond, I didn't want to name and shame because I don't want them to be attacked for attacking me, I just wanted to remind them that I'm a real person with feelings and what they say has consequences.