When we spoke to Huda for our Spring/Summer 2018 Beauty Book, she told us all about life online and how she deals with the negativity. To mark #StopCyberBullyingDay 2018, we’re sharing her thoughts with you.
We all know the internet can be a wonderful place full of positive movements, support groups and inspiring people, but sadly it can also be a place where a minority choose to make others feel awful about themselves, while hiding behind a computer screen.
With any degree of fame, also comes trolling, and with 25 million followers under her belt on Instagram alone, beauty mogul Huda Kattan knows that better than most.
So, how does she handle negative comments on social media?
“I don’t engage. That’s what people want. When people say bad things, it’s not about you, it’s about them. I think, “Is it going to change who I am as a person?” No. So I just ignore it.”
On what advice she’d give to a young girl navigating the social world, she said:
“I have been cyber-bullied twice, really badly. When I first started out, some people were trying to take me down and it affected my business big time. That made my skin thicker.
“When my daughter and niece come up against this issue, I say, “Do you think I’m ugly?” And they say, “No.” And I reply, “Well some people do, but if I feel good that’s all that matters.”
Huda is an advocate for living your life however you want, and that includes not letting people shame you for your decisions. On growing old gracefully, she says, “F*ck that! Why should I? I want to age well mentally, but physically NO! I get Botox and fillers; I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that…I’m sick of people who pretty shame others. I think if you want to look good and feel good, why should you be reprimanded for that? Why does that mean you’re superficial? Sorry, no!”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
If you or someone you know is being bullied, contact the National Bullying Helpline for advice and support.
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