Em Ford, who runs beauty blogging YouTube channel My Pale Skin, recently uploaded a video showing the comments she received online after posting several photos where she was not wearing make-up.
Titled ‘YOU LOOK DISGUSTING’, the video shows Ms Ford in front of the camera, with various comments she received flashing across the screen; ‘I can’t even look at her’, WTF is wrong with her face’, ‘revolting’, ‘gross’.
Several months ago, Ms Ford began posting photos of herself without make-up to her social media accounts, which she uses to give beauty tips.
After receiving a torrent of abuse in response to the photos, which showed that she had severe acne, she decided 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, which was uploaded a week ago, has ignited an online conversation about the unrealistic beauty standards imposed upon women, and the harm caused by cyberbullying and harassment.
Some people just dont realise the hurt they are inflicting on others simply by sharing their thoughts. #dontjudgeme #youlookdisgusting
— Shahida (@Shahida_Khanom) July 8, [email protected] I hate that it’s almost unacceptable for a woman to not wear make up when she goes out. #youlookdisgusting #notreally
— phillipa jade (@phillipajade) July 7, 2015It’s a shame that #youlookdisgusting even needs to be a hashtag in order to realize that not everyone is perfect and to stop being a troll
— Jonathan Liu (@crazy7chameleon) July 7, 2015i have tears in my eyes after watching #YouLookDisgusting video by @mypaleskinblog beautiful message for all of us
— dosia ❇ (@puredakotaa) July 7, 2015I find society’s double standards for both women and men to be damaging. You’re either too much or too little. #youlookdisgusting
— Pamela (@PamelaEndofHorn) July 7, 2015