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As many of you know, I am a Shop Hope’s rep. One of my favorite parts of being a rep is the community we have built together. We have a group chat we can all talk together in, exchange ideas, brainstorm new ways to promote and shamelessly send ridiculous selfies…because who doesn’t want to do that?!
A few days ago, we all started talking about cyberbullying. Hope’s commonly encounters rude comments on photos which quickly need to be deleted before the models see them. The conversation quickly morphed into all aspects of bullying. Almost every girl had a story to tell. In a setting like a group chat, I am able to see these girls amazing personalities shine through and get to know them on a certain level. Hearing their stories was eye-opening and moving. It’s amazing how some people dehumanize people on the Internet. They forget there is a person with a story and a life behind a photo, video, or whatever else it may be.
The worst part of all of this? It’s commonly women tearing apart other women. The ones who understand better than anyone how hard it is to be held to society’s standards are the very ones who make other women feel below them.
I see this daily, no matter what I am doing. I see it on Instagram photos, Facebook posts, Vine posts.. you name it. People become fearless behind a screen, and seem to have no sense of judgement when it comes to words. What takes you ten seconds to type has the power to affect someone for days or even months afterward. So this week, I urge you to use those ten seconds to make someone’s day better. One of my favorite quotes is, and always has been: