Last year, GLAMOUR launched its #BlendOutBullying campaign with The Diana Award where we asked people to write the worst things people had said to them online on their face in makeup and blend the words - and the hate - away. In a continuation of our campaign, and to mark Safer Internet Day on February 4, we asked Georgia Toffolo, aka 'Toff', from MIC and I'm A Celebrity, to join our campaign. Here, Toff reveals how she's been trolled about her skin and shares her acne story, as well as her defiant message for the trolls.
"I’ve been on a very long, bumpy journey with my skin for over ten years. When I was on Made in Chelsea, I massively hid my skin problems from the world and then fast forward to the jungle when I had to bare all. That was the beginning of my journey where I begun to accept the fact I have spots and I was forced to confront those insecurities which was desperately overdue. Everyone in the press and on social media was talking about my skin and how bad it was – I was called pizza face and spotty. Online trolls were saying no one would want to date me due to my bad skin, and even more annoyingly, they would say why doesn’t she get her skin sorted out. Don’t you think that’s what I’ve wanted to do? If it were that easy, I would have sorted out.
"Once everyone had seen me at my worst after the jungle, or at least that’s how I perceived it in my head, I decided to take control. I started to speak about my acne struggles on social media and in interviews and people responded really well to it. Celebrities are often perceived as these perfect beings but I didn’t feel like that and the more I shouted from the rooftops about my bad skin, the more people realised I’m just a normal girl with normal insecurities. I’ve actually found it very liberating. Besides, if anyone’s mean to me online, I remind myself that it says a lot more about them than it does about me.
"One of the most exciting things to happen over the past year is that a skincare brand wanted to work with me. I always assumed skincare brands would only want to work with people who have perfect skin but that wasn’t the case which was a huge confidence boost for me. It was a major catalyst in my journey to becoming more confident.
"While my journey with my skin is still very much ongoing, and I’m yet to reach any conclusions, my perspective has changed. I’ve realised you don’t gain validation from other people just because you have perfect skin or hair, it comes from the inside and I feel brighter and happier since I made peace with, and begun to accept, my spots. I still wear makeup but I’m no longer hiding behind pot after pot of foundation or endless filters on Instagram. If only I could have told myself to accept my skin 10 years ago."
Blend Out Bullying
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Read tips from The Diana Award on how to protect yourself online. The Diana Award, Anti-Bullying Programme trains young people to tackle bullying and change culture, online, in their schools and in their communities. It costs just £5 to give young people access to resources so that they know what to do if they, or someone else is being bullied.