A Girl Who Was Bullied for the Way She Looked Gets a Brand New Prom Dress with the Money Donated to Help Her…

Taunted, for the way she looked, high school can be so cruel for some, from The Huffington Post, written by: A. Scherker…

Last year, 18-year-old Kristen Layne found the perfect dress for her junior prom at White House High School in Tennessee. But when Kristen put the dress on sale on Facebook to raise money for a new prom dress for senior year, she encountered the kind of Internet cruelty every high school student dreads.

According to Seventeen, Kristen posted this photo of her junior prom dress on the Facebook group “For Sale In Sumner County, TN”:

The dress had made Kristen feel like a princess. So she was shocked when some of the Facebook group’s members started insulting her photo. Kristen told WSMV that “[T]hese two men were just saying some very hateful things, just telling me I was fat and that I wasn’t beautiful.”

Kristen stood up for herself, writing, “Can you please stop with the comments? Sorry that I’m not pleasing to your eye.” The rest of Kristen’s community quickly united behind her. Friends posted positive, loving comments like, “It’s obvious this woman is beautiful, inside and out.” Others wrote to Kristen, saying she inspired them to overcome their own body image issues:

WSMV reports that community members also raised nearly $400 to help Kristen buy a brand new princess dress for senior prom.

This still shows how people are very easily affected by others’ opinions of oneself, I mean, IF you really think you’re beautiful enough, then, why would you even CARE what other people might say?  Or, could it be, that you’re at that age,w ehn your peers’ opinions of you is the primary determinant of who you are, that you are just, unable, to ignore those nasty comments?

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