A social media influencer attacked trolls who sent her death threats in response to positive blog posts about her body.
aylor-Rae Hamilton asked them to consider the impact of her words, as she revealed that she deals with abusive messages almost daily.
Taylor (28), who lives in Coleraine with her fiancé John Falconer, said: “People should think twice about what they post on the internet and what they say to people.
“The messages that I have received and the comments that have been made to me over the years about my appearance are incredible.
“I like to congratulate people, I like to see the joy on their faces, and I will never forget being in Belfast one night and walking up to a woman and telling her that I loved her sparkly blouse.
“I told her it was beautiful and she asked me if I had made my lips and what else it had done to my body. I told her it was a bit of a personal question and she said she would try to guess what I had done and proceeded to start and list things.
“I was standing there like a circus animal as she looked me up and down, and the next thing she yelled at her friend was to come over to look at me.
“They asked me how much I paid to have my lips done and I told them £ 250, and the woman told me I had ruined my face. I told them to have a good night and thanked them for ruining mine.
“Drinks have been thrown at me, I have suffered terrible abuse over the years. It got really bad when I started dating. “
At the time, her parents were so concerned about her mental health that they removed the lock on her bedroom door so they could keep an eye on her. Last year, due to the pandemic, she was unable to work as a makeup artist and, after moving to Coleraine just before the lockdown, she felt isolated from the world.
She started a video blog, Taylor-Rae’s Dirty Doll, to avoid boredom and also to help her build friendships. She quickly built up a huge following with her honest and heartfelt videos, featuring everything from makeup demos to her dinner in the kitchen.
“I had such a positive response very quickly,” he said. “I think it is because I am very honest and open. Yes, I have hair extensions and I do my lips, but I also show my cellulite and my belly. None of my videos are scripted, they are very natural, I forget to put lids on the pots and drop things, but I think that’s what people like.
“I love the connections I have made with people, but there is also a very ugly side. They have sent me death threats, they have told me that my face looks plastic, that I look like I was leaving ”. to melt.
“A lot of the trolls are older women and they are with their daughters and granddaughters in their profile pictures, and I can’t understand what drives them to be so disgusting.
“My mother responded to one of them once and told them that she hoped no one would say something like that to her daughter, and they said they wouldn’t mind because ‘she’s not a snowflake.’
“But people really need to think more about what they say. There are more than 200 suicides each year due to online bullying.
“There was one night where I received a lot of abuse and I was home alone. Imagine if I had done something, those people would have had blood on their hands. ”
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