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Blogger Farah Dhukai posts defiant before and after photo to encourage people to ignore the bullies

"Honestly, as a kid, I was afraid to be different and who I was" 💔

07 Sep 2018

With their carefully-curated, perfectly-posed, totally flawless selfies, it's easy to forget that Instagram influencers were once young kids, without the fluttery lashes and dewy highlighter.

But in a candid post, vlogger Farah Dhukai has revealed that online beauty bullies have been sharing an old photo of her as a nine-year-old, and saying impossibly cruel things.

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😱I’ve seen posts of this pic of me on pages with ppl accusing me of bleaching my skin, multiple surgeries (I’ve only had 1 cuz I couldn’t breathe from my broken nose -septorhino + no fillers), comments calling me ugly + embarrassing etc. I POSTED THIS PICTURE on MY Instagram yrs ago (still in my feed) cuz I’m proud of who I am. The only embarrassing thing is that some people have the heart to call a CHILD ugly. I was 9. . I wasn’t allowed to shave my facial hair, or my legs + I definitely stood out in gym class when we were forced to wear shorts as part of the uniform (my legs looked like pants I was so hairy) I smelled like onions cuz my mom made curry all the time. I was greasy cuz My grandma always put oil in my hair. I heard the whispers in the halls. I. BEEN. THRU. IT. + for anyone that’s going thru it now, hold your head high, love urself + I promise life gets better. . My skin was deeper cuz I was a kid who loved riding my bike until the sun went down. As an adult I exfoliate + mind my business. I wear wigs + s cuz it’s totally ok to have fun with ur looks. . HOWEVER, I am FAR from embarrassed of who I am + where I come from. My family originates from India, my parents + their parents etc are from East Africa (wuddup Tanzania, Kenya + Uganda) + I was born in Canada. I speak kutchi + I know all the Kiswahili swear words lol I DO THIS FOR THE CULTURE. i rep my culture HARD on my socials + can confidently say that I am SO proud of my roots. . because the sad reality is that I grew up in a place where I was one of the only coloured kids in school. I was literally called the “token brown friend”. I’ll never forget the day a boy asked me WHY IM BROWN, and if it’s “BECAUSE I ROLLED IN MUD”. I didn’t have an answer back then, because I didn’t understand why I was different, or why I didn’t see anyone like me, in my environment, or on tv. I never told anyone or asked why I was different cuz honestly, as a kid, I was AFRAID to be different + who I was. . I wish I knew then, what I know now. I LOVE being different. I love the skin I’m in! You were made to be you. You were made unique + you should NEVER be afraid to be who you are. Stand proud fam. ILYSM ❤️

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"I’ve seen posts of this pic of me on pages with ppl accusing me of bleaching my skin, multiple surgeries (I’ve only had 1 cuz I couldn’t breathe from my broken nose -septorhino + no fillers), comments calling me ugly + embarrassing etc," Farah shared. "The only embarrassing thing is that some people have the heart to call a CHILD ugly."

In the heartfelt caption, Farah goes on to explain that her complexion was darker as a child because she spent more time outdoors, her hair was thicker because she wasn't allowed to carry out any hair removal, and that, in the photo on the right, she's wearing a blonde wig and blue lenses because 'it's totally OK to have fun with your looks'. YES, GIRL.

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#GLOWUP 25 YEARS LATER! 😱 💃🏽Same dress, same earrings, same stairs, same me..all glow’d up🍑 😆Cant believe my mom saved this dress for 25 YEARS!!… my aunt made it for me when i was 5 because ya girl was obsessed with the Mario bro’s and in particular, Luigi👨🏾 👸🏾I know you were expecting me to say Princess Peach (aka Princess Toadstool) because the dress looks like it came outta her closet, but LUIGI was BAE 4 life! 😍 Dat mustache 😻🤤… btw, as puberty hit, i too, grew a Luigi mustache 😂😭🤣.. will show you more pics later but maybe i bae’d him up cuz i was prediciting my hairy future 🤷🏽‍♀️ 🤗also, dont be fooled by this pic.. i know it *seems* like this dress fits me the same as it did when I was 5, but im pretty sure i lost all blood circulation to my arms, and im carrying a little holidayyy weight so… you besss believe i was squeezing in😤and from behind it looked like a hospital gown 😂😂😭 Who was your CHILDHOOD BAE? 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

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The YouTuber also shared her childhood experiences of racism, saying she was 'one of the only coloured kids in school'.

But, being the super honest and inspirational woman she is, Farah concludes: 'I love the skin I’m in! You were made to be you. You were made unique + you should NEVER be afraid to be who you are'.

The post has almost 700k likes, with streams of positive comments. 'You were beautiful then and you're beautiful now, ignore the haters,' said one user, while another confessed: 'I still sometimes feel that I try hard to fit in and fear for comments like these... more power to you'.

Here's hoping Farah's empowering post has taught the bullies a lesson, and they'll think twice before making cruel comments about someone's appearance – especially a young child's.

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