This Woman Has A Powerful Message For People Being Bullied Over Acne
Hailey Wait has overcome a lot of cruel criticism to finally feel comfortable in her skin.
Anyone who’s ever struggled with a skin condition knows how it can eat away at a person’s self-confidence, but a woman called Hailey Wait has come forward with an empowering message to anyone going through the same struggle.
The 17-year-old has been refreshingly upfront about her experience of acne, and has now resolved to tell others that their self-worth should never be defined by how they look.
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Revealing that she developed the condition at around 11 or 12 - “right around the time when puberty hit” - Hailey pointed out that others peoples’ reactions have sometimes been incredibly disheartening.
"People would tell me everything from 'pizza face' to death threats, saying that anyone with as much acne as I had didn't deserve to be alive," Wait said in an email according to Cosmopolitan.
But her Instagram profile – which has 101k followers – is a literal beacon of positivity for people going through the same experience: "Reminder that acne doesn't make you ugly 💖 a heart full of hate does,” she wrote.
"Since being more open about my skin imperfections, SO MANY of you have opened up to me about your own struggles and I want to say that I’m truly moved, and incredibly thankful to be supported by so many genuine human beings."
"I decided to post selfies showing my acne because I just was so exhausted of hiding it all the time," she continued. “I figured it would help my followers to know that they weren't alone."
"At the end of the day, it helps to realize that most people who bully others have their own insecurities as well, and a lot of times they're only projecting that onto you," she said. "There's so much more to a person than their appearance, and it's honestly so shallow to bully someone over their appearance."
With so many people going to extreme lengths to cover-up their acne, it's pretty inspirational to see someone so clearly comfortable and confident in their own skin. Go, Hailey.