Kylie Jenner is using her status for good by starting an inspiring campaign on Instagram, to tackle bullying head on.
As a celebrity, Kylie Jenner knows all too well the effect nasty comments and online bullying can have on your wellbeing.
The youngest of the Jenner clan has always been vocal about her own experiences of bullying, often posting her thoughts on Snapchat:
"It's kind of crazy that I have 4 million people watch my Snapchats," the 18-year-old has said, speaking into the camera in a dimly lit room. "Half of you think I'm weird, and the other half think I'm funny."
Delving deeper she says, "I've been bullied since I've been 9, from the whole world it feels like sometimes."
Kylie, 18, has decided to put her status to good use by starting a campaign on Instagram, to tackle bullying head on.
For the next six days, Kylie will post stories of inspiring people who have overcome some form of bullying in their lives with the hashtag #IAmMoreThan
I am so excited to launch my new @Instagram campaign #IAmMoreThan. For the next six days, I will be sharing stories of 6 incredible people who have become heroes in their own way by taking #bullying and turning it into something positive. I’ve gotten to talk and bond with all of these people whose stories you will see on my page. I think you will all fall in love with them just like I did. I want to encourage you, my fans, to share something positive about yourselves. I'll be reading as much as I can so that some of you can be apart of this as well! Let's do this ?? #IAmMoreThan #StopBullying
The anti-bullying campaign launched with Boston-raised college student Renee Dushane, 21, who was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome. This condition affects how the bones in your face grow.
Renee who has undergone many surgeries over the years due to the condition, has struggled with depression and self-esteem issues in the past, but today remains a stronger and more accepting person.
Renee has since become an advocate for self-acceptance and garnered a tonne of fans in the process.
Kylie was so inspired by Renee that she reached out, the two having a phone conversation just recently. "I was humbled by her interest in me and her desire to combat bullying and promote self-love," Renee shared on Instagram.
#Day1 - Renee DuShane (@ALittlePieceofInsane) a 21 year old college student who was born with #PfiefferSyndrome. Renee described it as “a genetic disorder where the bones in my face don’t really know how to fuse correctly so part of my jaw is really small. I had to have surgery when I was born so that my brain could grow.” Renee is so strong willed and a super intelligent girl who told me that while growing up she never had many issues with bullying. "I went to school with all the same kids all the way through high school. Right around senior year, I started getting very anxious about having to explain my condition to all of the new people I would meet in college. I started going on Tumblr and saw lots of profiles of positive, confident people” that inspired her to start sharing her photos even with her insecurities. “It’s so hard to keep myself from responding to the negative comments,” she told me. “Even harder is keeping my friends from getting angry.” It's so important to have a great group of friends. Renee also told me about the tattoo she recently got of her life motto: Stay Strong, Always Love. “Loving is always going to be a better place than hating,” she shared. Check out Renee’s Instagram @ALittlePieceofInsane - she’s showing the world #IAmMoreThan my forehead. I love you Renee! She is so awesome & inspiring. Renee taught ME that #IAmMoreThan the negative comments that I read.
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