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Blogger Takes Off Her Makeup To Reveal The Ugly Truth About Online Harassment

 

You look disgusting.  

That's the title of beauty blogger Em Ford's latest YouTube video, a three-minute feature that's about far more than lipstick and mascara.

 Ford, a 20-something from London who suffers from adult acne, has been posting photos of herself without makeup for the past three months. In the video, she washes off her makeup to highlight the disturbing online harassment she faces. She includes a smattering of the horrible comments she receives on social media daily, like "ugly," "revolting," and "I can't even look at her." 

She decided to share the video in an attempt to challenge societal preconceptions of beauty. 

"Over the past few months, I've received thousands of messages from people all over the world who suffer or have suffered from acne, an insecurity or self confidence issues," she wrote on her blog, My Pale Skin. "I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men. One challenge many face today, is that as a society, we're so used to seeing false images of perfection, and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that It can be hard to remember the most important thing -- You ARE beautiful."

The video has racked up over 400,000 views since it was posted on Wednesday.  

 

Guys, I can't believe I'm even writing this... So I've seen a few comments saying I'm faking my acne and bad skin. 😂🙈 I'm obviously in the wrong industry working behind a desk and should be flogging my SFX skills instead. 😂 Here's the thing - I'm seeing so many terrible misconceptions about acne and bad skin in the comments. And Y'know what? some of the skin shaming is damn right appalling - many of these people aught to be ashamed of themselves. 💙💚💛💜 I am not hurt by those who want to call me disgusting, or blame me for their insecurities about women or their laughable trust issues (Go to therapy). However, what bothers me, is that there are young men and women out there who read these comments and then feel bad about themselves, because of your words. I've had so many heart breaking PM's and emails from people who have been bullied because of their skin. Nobody should be made to feel bad because of a disease they live with and in many cases one that is simply genetic. 💙💚💛💜 Acne is a struggle every day, and unless you've suffered from it, you have no idea. So cut the crap and if my face offends you, block me. Our society is so used to seeing images of perfection, some people can't handle the truth. If I hadn't shown you my 'before' face... Would you have even known? Em x 💙💚💛💜 P.S Have you ever photographed your face straight after applying moisturiser? Try it - you'll look shiny too.

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