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Ally Del Monte
I'm Ally Del Monte. I'm 17 and a home schooled high school senior. I survived bullying, and now I stand UP TO to bullies and UP FOR the bullied. My passions include writing songs (and blog posts at, animal rescue and I love to sing!

Entries by Ally Del Monte

What I Want to Tell You About Being Bullied

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 4:31 PM

I want to tell you that no matter who you are, what you weigh, what you look like, or how popular or unpopular you are, you can be a target for bullying.

I want to tell you that someone who used to...

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Becoming Fierce

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 12:02 AM

Sometimes, people say things and they don't realize that their words can shatter others. Even comments made in jest can tear the heart out of someone else. That's what happened to Rachel Taylor. Rachel was standing in line at Old Navy when a Mom and her teen daughter had a...

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Everybody Has a Bathing Suit Body

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 10:30 PM

It's summer. That means that school has ended. Graduations have happened. The weather has gotten warmer, and things are more relaxed. Than means time spent with friends outside at the park, at the pool, at the beach, lots of places. It also means time for bathing suits and judgment. Whether...

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A Song About How to Be Brave and Beat Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 6:20 PM

There are a lot of things I have been in my life:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Confused
  • Depressed
  • Angry
  • Hopeless
  • Hopeful
But the thing I am most proud of, is that I decided to be Brave. Brave enough to stand up to the bullies, stand up for the bullied, and to finally,...
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A Letter to Dancing Man

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Dear Sean,

You don't know me, but I feel like we're sort of friends. I know a lot more about you than you do about me. I've read your story. I even wrote about your story. I've seen the photos. I watched you dance with Megan Trainor on...

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Selena Gomez Is More Than Her Size -- And So Am I

(12) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 4:21 PM

I had a chance to talk to Selena Gomez. I got to take a few photos with her. I got to hug her, dance a little with her, and tell her what an inspiration she is. I got to tell her that I thought she was wonderful. I got to...

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All Bodies Are Dance-Worthy Bodies, Including Mine

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:26 PM

When I read the story about #DancingMan it broke heart, then made it sing!

Somebody caught a man dancing, and took photos of him while making fun of him. #DancingMan saw what they were doing, and hung his head in shame. The caption of the original post...

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The Real Reason Zayn Left One Direction

(13) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:48 PM

I'm heartbroken. I'm heartbroken, selfishly, for me, for the band, for the fandom and most of all for Zayn.

In his statement, he says he is leaving "because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."

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Dear Kelly Clarkson, Thanks for Standing Up for Girls Like Me

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:01 PM

Dear Kelly,

I've read you've been getting a lot of crap because of your weight. I know how awful it feels to be judged simply because you are not a size 4. But you are 100 percent right with your response when you say, "Screw 'em!"

When people...

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I Don't Need Permission From Anyone to Love My Body

(13) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 3:20 PM

Sports Illustrated has decided to have a curvy girl in the pages of its swimsuit issue. Apparently, we're all supposed to rejoice and be happy that someone actually endorsed someone who isn't a size 4. There's a spread in Sports Illustrated that features a real plus-size model -- Ashley Graham...

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Bullying in Politics

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 5:33 PM

I wrote to the President of the United States. I also wrote to the First Lady, every Governor of every state and all of the State of Connecticut Government. I also wrote to a few other politicians that we know in a few other states. Why did I write to...

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Why I'm Embracing the 'Designated Ugly Fat Friend' Title

(38) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 10:52 AM

The DUFF -- the Designated Ugly Fat Friend. I don't know why it's a thing now to talk about being a DUFF as if it's a good thing. Someone sent me a pic of Kylie Jenner wearing a shirt saying "I'm somebody's DUFF" and it made me sad. Why? Because...

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Eine Prinzessin in jeder Größe

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Ich erinnere mich deutlich daran. Ich war 10 Jahre alt. Meine Familie und ich waren in unserem ersten Urlaub in Disney World und wir gingen zu einer "Piraten- und Prinzessinnen-Party." Wir wussten nicht, dass es ein Kostümfest ist, aber kein Problem - meine Mutter sagte, ich würde ein Prinzessinnen-Kleid bekommen....

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Finding Plus-Sized Teen Clothing Is Hard -- And This Didn't Help, Walmart

(15) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:47 PM

When you're plus-sized, Halloween can be downright scary. It's not the ghosts and ghouls I'm talking about, but finding a costume. It seems that whoever makes costumes thinks that nearly everyone who is female wants to be a "sexy" version of something -- and they make the costumes based on...

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A Princess at Any Size

(391) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:04 PM

I remember it clearly. I was 10 years old. My family and I were on our first vacation at Disney World, and we were going to a "Pirate and Princess Party." We didn't know that it was a costume party but no problem -- my mom said she'd take me...

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Be Brave for National Bullying Prevention Month

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:27 PM

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We hear a lot about bullying when there is another suicide -- and there are many suicides. Each year in the U.S., approximately 2 million U.S. adolescents attempt suicide, and almost 700,000 receive medical attention for their attempt. For young people 15-24...

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Harassment Is Never Funny

(31) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Recently, I came across a video on YouTube that disgusted me. Sam Pepper, a YouTuber, posted a video titled "Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank," which showed him asking for directions with a fake hand in his pocket, and his real hand would reach around and pinch a girl's...

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A Bullied Kid's Guide to a Bully-Free School Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:25 PM

When you've been bullied in the past, the first day of school isn't usually exciting. In fact, it can be terrifying. It's hard to walk back in the "lion's den," but there are a few things to do that can make it a little bit easier.

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Depression Doesn't Discriminate

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:50 PM

I was sad when I first heard of Robin Williams' death. What I most remember him for was his role in The Dead Poets Society. His role as John Keating was inspiring as that of a teacher who supported and was there for others. When I heard that...

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Sei stolz auf dich und deinen Körper - du bist es wert

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Als ich zum letzten Mal einen Badeanzug in der Öffentlichkeit trug, war ich in einem öffentlichen Schwimmbad auf einem Schulausflug. Ich ahnte nichts Böses und aß ein Eis, nachdem ich stundenlang geschwommen war, als plötzlich ein Mann aus dem Nichts auf mich zukam und sagte:

„Du brauchst diese Eiscreme nicht,...
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