A teenage pageant queen from Wilmington started an online anti-bullying movement, after she too fell victim to cyber bullying.
Isabella Gaines, the reigning Miss Greater Port City’s Outstanding Teen (NCOT), was bullied on an online anonymous Twitter account.
The Twitter account “NCOT no makeup” featured several side by side photos of women with no make up, and then photos of them with make up. Many of the comments said things negative about the women.
The bio on the page reads, “the page where youll find the prettiest NCOT girls WITH NO MAKEUP! YUCK!”
Gaines was featured on theTwitter account with the caption, “this is the same person in both pics, amazing what makeup can do (emoticon) @bellagaines.”
Gaines later took to Instagram, in response to the post and stated ” 1 Samuel 16:7 For the Lord sees not as man sees: Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. “
“Tonight I received a Twitter notification that directed me to a tweet I found to be offensive and degrading. I used to be very insecure about how I looked without makeup, but I am comfortable in my own skin and have accepted I am not flawless because I know I’m made in God’s image. In order to remain kind I follow what I perceive to be the Golden Rule which is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Rude or ugly comments hurt and destroy self-esteem. Beauty comes from within. I just wanted to remind everyone that you are all beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image,” wrote Gaines.
The post started an online movement, with girls across the country sharing their photos using the #NoMakeUpSelfie. Many girls are sharing photos of themselves with and without makeup, and posting that they’re happy to see this online trend.
The anonymous Twitter account has since began sharing the photos, selfies, and positive messages sent by women and pageant queens across the country.
Dosomething.org reports nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online, one in four say it happened more than once.