Chloe Morello, Instagram model, has recently launched back at online haters for commenting on a picture of her in a bikini asking if she is pregnant.
The 29-year-old Australian shared a photo of herself dawning a two piece while on vacation in Cabo, Mexico.
And while many of her one million followers adored the model’s look — many fat-shamers gave unrequested comments regarding the size of her stomach.
One user wrote: “Two words of advice; salad bar,” while another asked, “Boy or girl.” Another commented: “I hope it’s a girl.”
Many of Chloe’s followers defended the model, reminding the trolls that her body is just fine, but the model herself decided to reply to her commenters saying:
“Clearly not? Wtf? It’s really, really rude and unacceptable to ask that to someone! Don’t do it again as it can really upset people for so many reasons.”
While Chloe does have over a million followers which translate to thousands of dollars per post — it does take a thick skin when it comes to receiving positive and/or negative attention as people give their very strong opinions on the daily.
Personal trainer and social media influencer, Amanda Lee, also expressed — sharing how the years of curating her posts have taken a big hit on her.
When speaking to Cosmopolitan, she shared:
“Once I got all the followers, I re-evaluated things – like, is this really me? For my mental health, I don’t want to get so wrapped up in perfection. I want to be more confident in myself without trying so hard.”
“I always wanted to appeal to everyone, but I got seduced by people’s responses and side-tracked trying to maintain this curvy physique and build a sexy brand.”
Amanda’s mother, Olinda Fields, says that as a result – her daughter “still gets anxious,” as there is a “lot of pressure” to post everyday and “people tend to be critical of your looks.”
Unfortunately, both Chloe and Amanda’s cases are not out of the ordinary as a host of influencers have recently spoken out about the intense scrutiny they have received in the past few years.
So why do people believe it is okay to share inappropriate things online?
According to research, there are several reasons as to why an individual may post an offensive comments online.
Ph.D. Jesse Fox weighs in, saying:
“Some people are under the impression that you can say anything online and get away with it. Online forums, the comment sections of news media sites, and sites such as Reddit and Twitter allow people to make up screen names or handles that are not linked to their real world identity. The online disinhibition effect suggests that this anonymity may drive more deviant behavior, because it is easy to avoid consequences.”
In addition to the perceived anonymity, perceived lack of consequences, perceived obscurity as well as perceived majority status are just some of the many factors of those who decided to bully others online.
To learn more on why people bully and how to protect yourself against it, click here.
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